Manager Bob Melvin indicated Alcantara is a candidate to serve as a long reliever or the fifth starter, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.
Although the 24-year-old struggled in 22.1 major league innings in 2016 (7.25 ERA), he fared much better at the Triple-A level, sporting a 1.18 ERA in 45.2 innings there. He'll compete with Jessie Hahn, Andrew Triggs, and Ross Detwiler for the fifth starter spot, but will still be considered for the bullpen if he isn't able to lock down a starting job. Either way, expect Alcantara to be featured for the A's in some capacity in 2017, as he is out of options.
Alcantara (1-2) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Rangers. He struck out six.
Elvis Andrus was the source of all of Alcantara's problems Saturday, with the veteran shortstop tagging him for a pair of two-run homers in the second and sixth innings. He's now given up at least one round-tripper in each of his first four appearances, but the six innings represented his longest stint on the mound to date. Alcantara will look to finish the season on a high note against the Mariners next Friday.
Alcantara allowed two runs on five hits and zero walks Saturday while striking out three over 5.2 innings in an 11-2 win over Texas.
In just his third big league start, Alcantara successfully outdueled Rangers' star Yu Darvish, not allowing a single runner to reach second base aside from a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the sixth. After a rough debut on September 5 in which he allowed five runs in three innings, Alcantara has now allowed just four runs and seven hits over his last 11.1 frames. The 23-year-old righty was Oakland's top pitching prospect before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, so he's worth keeping an eye on for fantasy purposes.
Alcantara took a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings during Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Alcantara's second career start was much better than his first, which lasted just three innings as he allowed five runs on five hits without recording a strikeout. The 23-year-old rookie appeared much more poised Sunday, throwing 63 of his 104 pitches for strikes and coming within one out of a quality start. He'll work on being more efficient with his pitches in a tough assignment at Texas on Saturday.
Alcantara was recalled from Triple-A Nashville for Monday's start against the Angels.
Alcantara will be making his major league debut Monday, and if all goes well, he'll likely remain in the rotation for the rest of the season, given the Athletics' multitude of injured starters. The right-hander was dominant over his 45.2 innings in the Pacific Coast League, turning in a 1.18 ERA, but as is the case with just about every prospect, expectations should be tempered in Alcantara's first taste of the big leagues.
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