Alcantara played in just 16 games for the A's this season. Over said outings, he went 4-for-19 and struck out eight times. However, he's proven to be a versatile defensive player, as he's played shortstop, second and third base, and in the outfield during his major league career.
Alcantara will miss the rest of the season with a sprained thumb that he suffered on a slide in the ninth inning Wednesday, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports.
Alcantara had been bypassed on the organizational depth chart by the likes of Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder, so he wasn't going to play much even if he was healthy. It will likely be a major challenge for him to make the 25-man roster out of spring training next year, at which point he will start to look like a long-term organizational depth piece.
Alcantara has logged just two at-bats since being recalled from the minors on Tuesday.
It seems pretty clear that Alcantara will be occupying a reserve role over the rest of the season. He hit .290/.336/.480 with six home runs and 11 steals in 48 games with Triple-A Nashville. Alcantara could play his way into a bench role again at some point next season, but he will have to compete with Chad Pinder and Joe Wendle for a roster spot during spring training.
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.
He has already seen a brief run with the A's this season, and the results weren't encouraging enough for him to stick up with the big club. Alcantara posted a .278/.325/.467 slash line with 12 homers and 32 steals (in 38 attempts) across 424 minor league at-bats this season, but until he shows some improvement against big league pitching, being a utility player off the bench may realistically be the best-case scenario for him going forward.
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