He is batting .282 with a .326 on-base percentage, .590 slugging percentage and .915 OPS in his first nine games with the Cubs. He also has one triple, two home runs, four doubles, seven RBI, 11 runs and three stolen bases.
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Granted, it's only five games, and anybody can do anything in a span of five games (that's really not an exaggeration). Alcantara has already struck out five times in those five games, and as I wrote in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, his poor plate discipline will rear its ugly head eventually. Still, his combination of power and speed could make him a significant contributor at the thin shortstop position.
Even with all the unknowns, I'm willing to rank him as high as 17th at the position, ahead of Eugenio Suarez, Jean Segura and Asdrubal Cabrera, among others, and the names just ahead of him aren't so high-end that he couldn't push his way into the top 12 in the weeks ahead. If nothing else, you should add him in leagues that require the use of a middle infielder.
Alcantara, who had four hits Thursday, can play second, shortstop or center.
After striking out in his first at-bat, and hitting a sac fly his second time up, Alcantara quickly turned things around. He doubled in his third plate appearance, singled his fourth time up and clubbed a triple his fifth time at the plate. He would go on to add another single his final time up. Alcantara finished 4 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. The strong performance likely played a role in the Cubs keeping Alcantara on the active roster following the game.
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