After huge game, Arismendy Alcantara to stay with Cubs

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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The initial plan for Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara was to return to Triple-A Iowa after two games, as he was just filling in for second baseman Darwin Barney while Barney was on paternity leave.

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.

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