The Cubs incumbent secondbaseman Darwin Barney is leaving on Paternity Leave for two days leaving a vacant spot on the 25 man squad. There were a few different scenarios I had in mind for who would get the call but never did I dare imagine Arismendy Alcantara getting the call for a quick two day audition. But well, here we are as the Cubs have announced the call up of their do everything former shortstop.
The system is loaded with a lot of top end talent; the type of players who possess loud tools and difficult to miss profiles. Alcantara has a skillset that's difficult to appreciate in a lot of ways. He doesn't have one tool that stands out. Rather, he is an assortment of talents. He can hit for some power, he has some good bat to ball skills. He's got above average speed, and he's a versatile defender. That doesn't quite scream at you like Kris Bryant's profile but he's a sum of his parts type player (to use a tired cliche).
For the short term this is a quick roster patch call up. He's likely to go back down as soon as Barney returns to playing duty. In the long term, however, this is a clear sign that Alcantara is the closest to receiving regular Major League playing time. The Cubs were already dropping hints when they started playing him out in centerfield to maximize his positional flexibility, it seems likely that he'll get another call up later in the year.
It's also likely that when he comes back he'll be here to stay.
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