- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
Arismendy Alcántara is an outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in 2014.
Alcántara was signed by Chicago Cubs scouts Jose Serra, Marino Encarnacion and Carlos Reyes in November 2008. He made his pro debut with the 2009 DSL Cubs 1, hitting .275/.349/.415 with 8 triples, 20 steals (in 22 tries) and 44 runs in 65 games. He tied for 8th in the Dominican Summer League in triples. In 2010, he made his US debut, batting .283/.315/.402 for the Boise Hawks, tying Rymer Liriano for the Northwest League lead with six triples. In 2011, Arismendy produced at a .271/.303/.352 clip for the Peoria Chiefs. He made strides with the 2012 Daytona Cubs, hitting .302/.339/.447 with 7 triples and 25 steals while only being caught four times. He tied for 6th in the Florida State League in triples and for 7th in steals. Baseball America named him Chicago's 10th best prospect going into 2013. He opened the season with the Tennessee Smokies and was showing increased power (.277/.357/.473, 11 homers) around the halfway point, earning him a spot on the World team for the 2013 Futures Game.
Arismendy had a very hot start for the Cubs after making his major league debut on July 9, 2014: after four games, he was hitting .389. He went 7 for 18 with 2 doubles and a triple, scoring 5 times and driving in 3. He started his first three games at second base and the fourth in center field, a position he had played for the first time in Triple A earlier that year. He had originally been promoted to the majors because starting second baseman Darwin Barney had taken paternity leave while Emilio Bonifacio was on the disabled list, but when Bonifacio was ready to return on July 22nd, the Cubs decided to cut Barney instead of sending Arismendy back to the minor leagues. His bat would cool off, as he finished the year batting a paltry .205/.254/.367 in 300 plate appearances.
Alcántara found himself usurped the next season by Javier Baez in Chicago's plans, appearing in just 11 games. He was with Triple A Iowa in 2016 when the Cubs dealt him to the Oakland Athletics for former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan. He was unable to establish himself with the bat by the bay (.211/.211/.363 in 19 plate appearances in '16) and with the Cincinnati Reds (.171/.187/.248 in 108 plate appearances) in 2017, venturing to the Mexican League for 2018. He spent the 2019 season shuttling between Double A and Triple A in the New York Mets organization.
Sources include 2013 Cubs Media Guide