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 recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Alcantara joined the organization less than two weeks ago after being acquired in exchange for Chris Coghlan and has struggled mightily since then, slashing just .162/.220/.297 in 10 games with Triple-A Nashville. Though he's had a rough go of things at the plate, the 24-year-old has continued to flash his impressive speed, as he's a perfect 26-for-26 in stolen base attempts across both the Cubs and Athletics organizations this season. He'll get his first crack at the big leagues on the year, replacing Daniel Coulombe -- sent down in a corresponding move -- on the roster.
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. The speedy second baseman also led the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases, touting an impressive 21 steals on 21 attempts this season. However, 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.
With a current line of .235/.297/.397, Alcantara has yet to show much improvement at Triple-A Iowa this season. However, of his 16 hits, seven have gone for extra bases. When he does get on base, Alcantara can do some damage, as he has yet to be caught stealing in five attempts. Unfortunately, he's struck out in 27 percent of his plate appearances and has only drawn eight walks. The
Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
The 24-year-old infield prospect put together a solid spring, slashing .348/.444/.391 over 23 at-bats in major league camp. He also added five stolen bases and walked as many times as he struck out (4). Still, the Chicago Cubs simply have too much talent up the middle at the major league for Alcantara to crack the big league roster out of camp.
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