Alcala (1-3) allowed three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out a batter over one-third of an inning as he took the loss Tuesday against the White Sox.
Things started off well for Alcala after striking out the first batter he faced but went south quickly after that. He walked the next two batters he faced before Andrew Vaughn delivered an RBI single to tie the game up 5-5 in the eighth. Alcala was relieved of his duties by Hansel Robles, who also struck out the first batter he faced but then went on to allow four runs, two of which were charged to Alcala. The 25-year-old has not had some of his best stuff lately, as he has three losses and a 14.29 ERA over his last 5.2 innings pitched.
Alcala (1-2) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk while recording a single out to take the loss Thursday against Cleveland.
Alcala came on in the eighth inning of a 1-1 tie and gave up two singles and an intentional walk before giving way to Taylor Rogers with one out. Rogers immediately allowed all three inherited runners to score on an Eddie Rosario single and a Bobby Bradley groundout. The 25-year-old Alcala saw his ERA balloon to 4.40 on the year, but he still owns a superb 0.95 WHIP across 30.2 innings of relief work.
Alcala gave up two runs in an inning of work in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. He gave up two hits, including a two-run home run, and a walk without a strikeout.
Alcala had been one of the better pitchers in the Minnesota bullpen but hadn't been used much in high-leverage spots. He came into a tie game in the sixth inning and promptly gave up a walk and two-run home run, raising his ERA to 4.05. Given the struggles of Minnesota's bullpen, there was a chance he could figure into the mix of finishing games, but that notion likely took a hit Tuesday.
Alcala threw two scoreless innings with a strikeout in Friday's win over Kansas City to lower his ERA to 3.60.
Alcala has a strong 11:1 K:BB ratio in 10 innings, albeit with three home runs allowed, but hasn't been used in many high-leverage spots. With Alex Colome falling out of favor to finish games, it's possible Alcala could enter the mix in the near future as the Twins are not usually committed to a single closer.
Alcala threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday's spring training game and reached 99 mph with his fastball, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Alcala has given up one run with three strikeouts and three walks in three innings this spring.
Alcala had a 2.63 ERA with a 30 percent strikeout rate and respectable 8.9 percent walk rate last season, powered by a fastball that topped out at 100.7 mph. He could have some growing pains, though, as Alcala had pitched just 9.1 innings above Double-A before last year. For the time being, he looks set to have a prominent role among Minnesota's setup corps.
Alcala will not be included on the Twins' postseason roster, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.
Alcala has pitched quite well in 24 innings of relief this season, striking out 27 batters while walking just eight en route to a 2.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. It's possible he plays a role if the Twins advance to the next round.
Alcala (leg) is available out of the Twins' bullpen Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Alcala suffered a bruised right leg when he was hit by a line drive Tuesday, but manager Rocco Baldelli said Friday that he's "doing fine." The right-hander carries a 2.84 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 19 innings this season.
Alcala was diagnosed with a bruised right leg after being struck by a batted ball during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Alcala recorded two outs and allowed one run on one hit and one walk before leaving the game. The 25-year-old should be considered day-to-day until the team updates his status.
Alcala gave up one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Royals. He struck out a career-high six.
Brought on with nobody out and runners on first and second after Jake Odorizzi (abdomen) was struck by an Alex Gordon line drive and had to leave the game, Alcala did allow an inherited runner to score on a bases-loaded walk before striking out Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier to snuff out the threat, and the rookie right-hander dominated after that, topping out at 99.4 mph with his fastball as he threw an efficient 41 pitches (26 strikes). Alcala has been a vital part of the Twins' bullpen since being added to the roster at the beginning of the month, posting a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 15:4 K:BB in 12 innings over six appearances.
Alcala was recalled by the Twins on Saturday.
Alcala will take the bullpen spot that had belonged to Zack Littell, who landed on the injured list with a hamstring strain in a corresponding move. Alcala will presumably handle a low-leverage role, as he's thrown just 1.2 career big-league innings and just 9.1 innings above the Double-A level.
Alcala did not make Minnesota's 30-man Opening Day roster, but he is included on the three-man taxi squad that will travel with the team for the first series at the White Sox.
Alcala can be activated in an emergency from the taxi squad. While he's not likely to be used in the majors in the near term, this shows he's likely the next pitcher to be called up if there's an opening in the bullpen.
Alcala was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, MLB.com reports.
Acala was sent to Triple-A shortly before spring training was shut down due to the pandemic. A hard-throwing righty whose fastball can touch triple digits, Acala could push to make the big league team with rosters expanded to 30 players for the first two weeks. He could be a frequent callup from Minnesota's alternative training site.
Alcala was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Alcala made his big-league debut late last season but only recorded five outs. He could push to return at some point this season, but it's hardly surprising to see that he won't break camp in the big leagues given that he's thrown just 9.1 total innings above the Double-A level.
Alcala's contract was selected from Triple-A Rochester prior to Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
A hard-throwing righty whose fastball can touch triple digits, Alcala has not allowed a run while striking out 11 in 7.2 innings (five appearances) since getting promoted to Triple-A. He had been developed as a starting pitcher earlier in the year, but it's not surprising that the Twins have moved him to a relief role, where his shaky command may not be as big of a hindrance.
Alcala will be promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Alcala carries a 5.97 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP with Double-A Pensacola this year, but he's settled down recently, amassing a 2.00 ERA in nine innings over his last five appearances. The 24-year-old will get his first chance to pitch in Triple-A in his career.
Alcala (back) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Alcala, who was acquired from the Astros in a trade last month, is set to make his debut with Double-A Chattanooga after spending the previous two weeks on the shelf with a right trapezius strain. The 23-year-old posted a respectable 3.54 ERA and 37:17 K:BB across 40.2 innings with Double-A Corpus Christi prior to being acquired by the Twins.
Alcala was traded to the Twins from Houston along with Gilberto Celstino in exchange for Ryan Pressly on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Alcala has posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a 37:17 K:BB over 40 innings this season at Double-A Corpus Christi, so there's still some work to be done before he's ready to surface in the big leagues. The Twins will hope to develop this young arm within the next few years, as he was rated Houston's No. 8 prospect.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/27||vs DET||L 5-6||1||1.1||1||0||0||1|
|07/25||vs LAA||L 2-6||1.0||4||3||0||0|
|07/24||vs LAA||L 1-2||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|07/20||@ CHW||L 5-9||1||0.1||1||3||2||1|
|07/19||@ CHW||W 3-2||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|07/11||vs DET||W 12-9||0.2||2||1||0||1|
|07/09||vs DET||W 4-2||1||1.1||2||0||0||2|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||R-Dsl Astros Blue||32.1||12||2||0||2||0||1||20||19||27||3.08||1.433|
|2017||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||31.0||6||4||0||2||0||0||35||12||16||2.03||0.903|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||78.1||16||14||1||5||6||0||60||33||55||3.46||1.127|
|2018||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||38.2||10||7||0||1||4||2||45||18||25||3.06||1.126|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||40.2||9||5||0||2||3||1||37||17||36||3.58||1.318|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||102.2||26||16||0||5||7||0||105||37||114||5.90||1.478|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||7.2||5||0||0||1||0||0||11||2||4||0.00||0.833|