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Cardinals' Prospects Review: Sandy Alcantara

Sandy Alcantara (Source: MiLB.com) Sandy Alcantara (Source: MiLB.com)
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Now that the minor league baseball season has ended, we’re continuing our look at how the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects (including Redbirds) performed in 2016.  The rankings and reports come from MLBPipeline.com.  Last time, we profiled the number 10 prospect, RHP Dakota Hudson.

9.  Sandy Alcantara  RHP 
6’4”, 170 lbs. 
Bats-Right, Throws-Right.
 
Alcantara, a native of the Dominican Republic, was signed as an international free agent in the summer of 2013 for $125,000.

His first year in the organization was 2014 when he played for the Cardinals team in the Dominican Summer League. He started 11 games, pitching 56.2 innings and racking up 55 strikeouts against 19 walks and 56 hits allowed, for a WHIP of 1.32.

In, 2015 Alcantara was promoted to Carolina of the rookie Gulf Coast League. There, he started 12 games, pitching 64.1 innings. He amassed 51 strikeouts, 20 walks, and an ERA of 3.22.

This past season, Alcantara split time between Palm Beach of the Florida State League and Peoria of the Midwest League. Combined, he pitched 98.2 innings, starting 19 games. He allowed 85 hits and 52 walks, striking out 126 batters, with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Based purely on arm strength, Alcantara has an elite fastball, hitting 99-101 mph and sitting consistently at 95 or above. The straightness of the pitch, and his inconsistent command, keep it from being considered top-of-the-line by scouts. 

The rest of his repertoire is equally raw. His changeup is slightly more advanced than his off-speed pitches – he’s working on both a curve and a slider.  The curve is an 11-to-5 breaker with good rotation and depth at times.  He started to show more consistency this year in throwing strikes with his secondary pitches.
With room to fill out and get stronger, there’s reason to expect Alcantara can repeat his delivery more effectively as he matures.  He has a long way yet to go, but having a triple digit fastball is an excellent place to start.  If his secondary pitches don’t develop, he still might be an effective weapon as a reliever. A normal progression would see Alcantara in St. Louis in 2019 or 2020.

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