Instead, Alcantara may have just played his way into an everyday MLB job. Minutes after the Cubs beat the Reds Thursday afternoon, 6-4, in extra innings, Cubs beat reporters (such as Mark Gonzales) passed along the news that Alcantara would stay on the big-league roster.
All Alcantara did during that 6-4 win was go 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs and three RBI -- which included a sac fly. He scored the tying run in the eighth and the go-ahead run in the 12th.
Here's Alcantara's two-RBI double, which was his first career hit:
Alcantara, 22, was hitting .307/.353/.537 with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 10 homers, 41 RBI, 62 runs and 21 steals in 89 Triple-A games this season. Baseball Prospectus pegged him as baseball's 18th best prospect earlier this week while Baseball America had him 33rd it its midseason rankings.
Originally a shortstop, Alcantara transitioned fully to second base this season -- to make room for Javier Baez in Triple-A -- and has even started to learn center field as well.