Results tagged ‘ Arismendy Alcantara ’

8/15 Scouting report

Mets manager Terry Collins saw Javier Baez during the Cubs exhibition games in Las Vegas this spring. Collins was impressed.

“Big-time power,” Collins said of Baez. “Big, big-time power. Real aggressive at the plate. Right now, probably the wisest thing is to keep the ball out of the middle because he’s got four homers in nine games, and it shows you what kind of power he’s got, and we saw that out there [in Las Vegas]. So you have to make sure you make some pitches against him.”

Collins, meeting with the New York media before Friday’s game, said the Cubs’ youngsters are very athletic.

“You look at them, start with [Junior] Lake,” Collins said. “We haven’t seen a lot of Baez except for seeing him play the infield. We know he can hit. [Arismendy] Alcantara, this guy was an infielder, they put him in center field — you talk about being athletic. He’s got a plus-arm, they stuck him in center field, he’s a switch-hitter. They’re really athletic. And I really believe that’s how you re-tool. You take those guys that are a little bit versatile and can do a lot of things for you — can run, can throw. The hitting, the hitting for power is all part of the experience side. We were just commenting today when we were going over the video of some of those guys, and boy, they’ve got some athletic people coming up.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/6 Extra bases

* Cubs manager Rick Renteria was asked what he expects of Javier Baez, who was starting at second on Wednesday in the second game of his Major League life.

“In terms of the results, what I expect is that he’ll go out there and grind out some at-bats,” Renteria said. “His skill set is bat speed and power, and that would indicate if he squares up a ball, he’ll have a chance to hit it out of the ballpark. My expectations of him is to be here to learn, to grind out at-bats, to experience the opposition’s ability to work him, for him to get a feel to play second base alongside Starlin [Castro] and [Anthony Rizzo] on that side, and to continue to learn the game. He’s a young man and he’s a baseball player. Once you get here, a lot of different things can happen. We want him to continue to be a sponge and keep learning and moving forward.”

The Cubs are keeping expectations in check regarding the talented infielder.

“It’s 60 feet, 6 inches in Triple-A, A ball, Double-A, rookie ball, and 60 feet, 60 inches in the big leagues,” Renteria said. “It’s just a matter of still keeping it simple and learns, just learn.”

* Arismendy Alcantara was not in the leadoff spot on Wednesday.

“We want to try to take away a little bit of the pressure,” Renteria said. “He still looks calm but the results haven’t been what he wants. Seeing how guys work ahead of him might give him a different perspective, a different view.”

* Kyuji Fujikawa will be eased into game situations. This is the last year of his two-year deal with the Cubs, who have an option for 2015. Fujikawa said he hasn’t thought about next year, and is focused on getting back on the mound now.

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Dodgers 5, Cubs 2 Recap

* In case you missed it, the Cubs lost, 5-2, in 12 innings to the Dodgers Saturday night. Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 12th for the game-winner. It was the Dodgers’ sixth win in their last seven games.

* Tsuyoshi Wada started, and served up a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the fourth. He gave up six hits over 5 2/3 innings and did not get a decision.

* Chris Coghlan doubled and scored in the first. He now has hit safely in five straight games.

* Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-6 with a game-tying RBI double in the seventh. He has hit safely in 14 of his 20 games.

7/29 Good guys

Photo_4_-_Will_and_his_family_are_happy_to_be_visited_by_Chris_Coghlan

Chris Coghlan visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, and handed out Cubs caps and items, posed for photos with patients and signed autographs. Also Tuesday, Arismendy Alcantara went to Lloyd Elementary School on the Cubs’ Fitness Trolley, and did stretches, fitness drills and played Wiffleball with the children.

7/22 Cubs go with Alcantara

The Cubs’ youth movement is underway with the team’s decision to stick with Arismendy Alcantara and say goodbye to Darwin Barney, who was designated for assignment Tuesday.

“It’s time for ‘Mendy’ to play,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “He’ll play second, he’ll play center. I think he’ll be in the lineup every day. One of the things we feel strongly about is that when we do bring guys up, they here to play. We’re not going to bring up these guys who are part of our future to share time on the bench.”

Alcantara was called up from Triple-A Iowa on July 9 when Barney went on paternity leave, and was batting .286 in his first eight games. He will play both second and center field, switching with Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, which prompted the need for a spot on the roster.

“We don’t expect [Alcantara] to come up here and set the world on fire,” Hoyer said. “I think he’ll have some great series like he had, and he’ll have some struggles like he did in Arizona (when he went 1-for-12). That’s part of the process and it’s part of the process for every one of the young guys we bring up, as Starlin [Castro] and [Anthony] Rizzo can attest to.”

Alcantara and Bonifacio are interchangeable at the top of the Cubs’ order, too, as both are switch hitters, and both have speed.

Barney was DFA’d to make room for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list. Barney, 28, was batting .230 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 72 games this season. He won the Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a Major League single-season record with 141-consecutive errorless games.

“I think he got out of whack mechanically last year,” Hoyer said of Barney. “I think he’d be the first person to admit that. He got pull happy and struggled to get back to what he’d been. I think he can get back there. A change of scenery and maybe an offseason, I think he can get back to that. He’s at his best as a pesky player, hitting balls the other way. When guys get pull happy and power happy, it can hurt him.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/13 Braves 10, Cubs 7

* Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-5, hitting his first big league home run in the sixth. He’s hit safely in four straight games and was batting .391 (9-for-23) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games since making his big league debut.

* After posting a .147 average in May and a .232 mark in June, Chris Coghlan was batting .435 (20-for-46) with eight doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs in 13 July games.

* Travis Wood took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings. It’s the most runs Wood has allowed at Wrigley Field since giving up eight in five innings on July 27, 2012, vs. the Cardinals. Wood issued lead-off walks in three straight innings.

* The Cubs have given up 10 or more runs in back-to-back home games for the first time since May 12 (13 vs. MIL) and May 21 (12 vs. PIT) in 2002.

* The Cubs have lost back-to-back games despite scoring six or more runs for the first time since losing four-straight from Aug. 27-30, 2006.

7/12 Braves 11, Cubs 6

* Edwin Jackson dropped his team-leading 10th loss Saturday, giving up a season-high nine earned runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three. He is 0-4 with a 5.44 ERA (26 ER/43 IP) in nine games (seven starts) against the Braves. Jackson gave up three home runs in the same start for the first time since Aug. 1, 2012, vs. the Phillies. He was pulled after throwing 74 pitches, the fewest he’s thrown since Sept. 28 last year vs. the Cardinals.

* Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 and scored two runs. He led off the game with his first career extra-base hit at Wrigley Field, a double to left-center field. He has hit safely in his last three games, including two doubles and a triple, scoring four runs.

* Justin Ruggiano posted his third three-hit game of the month. Since returning from the disabled list on May 27, Ruggiano is hitting .319 (37-for-116) with 10 doubles, a triple, three homers, and 14 RBI.

7/9 Cubs lineup

Arismendy Alcantara, called up while Darwin Barney is on paternity leave, will make his Major League debut Wednesday night for the Cubs against the Reds. The infielder, promoted from Triple-A Iowa, will start at second base and bat second. Dallas Beeler makes his second big league start for the Cubs. He held the Nationals to one unearned run on four hits over six innings in his debut game. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Alcantara 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Ruggiano CF
Sweeney RF
Castillo C
Beeler P

7/2 Alcantara making good impression

The Cubs’ so-called core four may need to make room for one more. Arismendy Alcantara is making quite an impression at Triple-A Iowa. The infielder was batting .307 in 82 games with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, 10 triples and 20 stolen bases. He’s played both second base and center field.

“His year has been on a really good trajectory,” GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “I feel he’s the under-appreciated guy in our system. He’s only 22, he’s a switch hitter, he’s in Triple-A and no one talks about him because of guys like [Javier] Baez, [Kris] Bryant and [Albert] Almora.”

Baez, Bryant, Almora and Jorge Soler have been dubbed the core four, and are considered the top prospects in the Cubs system. Add Alcantara to the list.

“He’s opened our eyes with the year he’s having,” Hoyer said.

Having Alcantara be able to play both infield and outfield has definitely improved his chances of getting promoted to the big leagues.

“We do have a lot of infielders,” Hoyer said. “At some point, we’ll probably move Javy around [the infield], too. Alcantara is fast and can go out and play center field and looks good when he’s done it. In our organization, we have a lot more depth infield than outfield, so I think it only adds to his ways to being on the club.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/31 Minor matters — Friday’s games

Arismendy Alcantara hit a pair of home runs to lead Iowa to a 6-4 win over Memphis. The teams waited through a 4 hour 11 minute rain delay before starting. The delay didn’t disrupt Cubs’ leadoff man Ryan Kalish. He hit the second pitch of the game from Redbirds’ starter Zach Petrick for a home run. It was his first hit since joining Iowa on tuesday. Alcantara hit a three-run homer in the third. Alcantara hit his second blast in the top of the seventh. It was his first career multi-homer game and he is tied with Javier Baez for the team lead with seven homers. Scott Moore homered off Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks, the first he’s served up in 60 innings this season.

Kris Bryant hit his Southern League-leading 17th home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 5-1, to Huntsville. Bryant led off the ninth with his homer, his third in as many games. He has homered in four of his last five games, and was batting .404 in 28 May games with 29 runs, six doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBIs.

Rob Zastryzny gave up five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 7-2 loss to Palm Beach. Wilson Contreras had two hits and his 12th RBis of the year.

Jacob Rogers hit a three-run homer to help Kane County beat Clinton, 4-1. Daury Torrez picked up the win, giving up one run over five innings. James Pugliese struck out five over three scoreless innings of relief.

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