Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. Alcantara logged only two appearances during his latest stint with the Athletics, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old brings value with his ability to steal bases and play multiple positions, but until he shows more improvement with his hit tool, he may have a difficult time sticking in the majors for extended stretches of time.
Alcantara was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. After spending the last three weeks in the minors, Alcantara will return to fill the roster spot of lefty Dillon Overton, who was optioned to Nashville. Alcantara has appeared in only three games for the A's on the year, going 2-for-8 at the plate with four strikeouts. In 77 Triple-A contests between the A's and Cubs organizations, he's slashing .274/.318/.432.
Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. Alcantara will be sent back to Triple-A to make room for Sean Manaea who was activated off of the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old went 2-for-8 with two stolen bases in his short stint with the A's.
Alcantara is in the lineup Thursday, batting ninth and playing second base in his first career start with the A's. The 24-year-old will make his first start with the A's on Thursday just two weeks after being acquired from the Cubs. He'll bat at the bottom of the order Thursday as he adjusts to major league pitching and cuts down on his high strikeout rate (35 percent at Triple-A Nashville). Alcantara's biggest contribution in the short term could be on defense given his versatility combined with Oakland's shortcomings in that facet of the game this season.
Alcantara was traded to the A's on Thursday in exchange for Chris Coghlan. Alcantara will report to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. He was at Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization, batting .264 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 53 games with the team. The speedy second baseman also led the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases, touting an impressive 21 steals on 21 attempts this season. But the 24-year-old switch hitter has struggled with strikeouts, with 61 of them occurring during 197 at-bats in 2016. Defensively, the A's have added a player who can compete at multiple positions and will have a chance to see the field at the major league level later on this year.
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