Alcantara cleared waivers and was sent outright to Double-A Pensacola on Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Alcantara will stick in the Reds' system as an organizational depth piece after being dropped from their 40-man roster over the weekend. The 25-year-old slashed .171/.187/.248 in 105 at-bats for the big club this season.
Alcantara was designated for assignment by the Reds on Saturday. The Reds needed to clear room for Saturday's starter, Scott Feldman (knee), and Alcantara was the resulting roster casualty. The 25-year-old was struggling as a utility player this season, slashing just .171/.187/.248 in 105 at-bats. He could draw some interest on waivers given his prior big-league experience, but he likely won't be anything more than an organizational depth piece wherever he ends up.
Alcantara is hitting .191/.200/.277 with 33 strikeouts in 94 at-bats as a utility player with Cincinnati this season. The biggest alarm for Alcantara is the high strikeout total -- it's nearly double the number of hits he has this season (18). At only 25 years old, it is probably too soon to declare him a player incapable of production in the majors, but he's looking like a fringe big-leaguer at the moment.
Alcantara has a .213/.222/.313 slash line with one home run in 81 plate appearances this season. The Reds' utility man has seen time at every position besides first base, pitcher and catcher this season, but has been unable to find any consistency at the plate. The 25-year-old's defensive versatility is by far his biggest asset, as his career slash line of .199/.244/.333 doesn't provide much hope for a major turnaround in his current role.
Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Sunday's loss to Atlanta. Alcantara has been starting sparingly and has just 56 plate appearances this season while filling a super-utility role. He owns a .255/.268/.382 slash line and offers very limited fantasy value. However, he has now started consecutive games in center field with Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler both nursing shoulder injuries, so Alcantara could see a fleeting uptick in playing time.