Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:07:31 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have placed SS Starlin Castro on the bereavement list. The team also recalled 2B Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: Castro could miss up to a week while on the bereavement list. The team could consider moving Javier Baez to shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara to second base with Justin Ruggiano and Matt Szczur seeing time in the outfield. Ruggiano and Szczur probably should only be options in NL-only leagues.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:57:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Arismendy Alcantara is still considered an option for the lead off spot even though he is 8-for-39 when batting first.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:13:06 -0700
Although the Chicago Cubs have a backlog of shortstops, general manager Jed Hoyer has said he doesn't need to trade any of them. SS Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell could all be on the team at the same time if Hoyer finds new positions for three of the players, which he admits may be an option.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:46:49 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara is expected to shift from second base to play mostly center field now that SS Javier Baez is in the majors.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara has hit just .253 in 21 games with the Cubbies while playing the keystone. The move to center field will make him more attractive with multi-position eligibility, and his stolen base potential should keep him relevant in deep mixed leagues for the rest of the season.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:45 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez is hitting .333 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: We could see Baez in the next few weeks with the uncertainty the team has at second base. Arismendy Alcantara is there now but could shift to the outfield to make room for Baez. Start stashing Baez in mixed leagues.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:39:33 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara will remain with the team for the time being. He had four hits, three RBIs and two runs Thursday, July 10.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara could carve out a utility role, if he puts a few more big games together before the All-Star break. However, he is likely to be optioned back to Triple-A Iowa, when Darwin Barney returns from his paternity leave. Alcantara's value is tied to the Cubs opening up playing time for him by continuing to trade away their veterans.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:17 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in his first major league game Wednesday, July 9, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara is a good looking prospect who is getting a look with Darwin Barney on the paternity list, but now is not the time to add him. He is likely headed back for the minors by the weekend.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:22:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara is hitting second Wednesday, July 2, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara is an intriguing long-term prospect, but Darwin Barney will return after his paternity leave. Alcantara is worth monitoring if the Cubs continue to trade veterans; he could be with the team permanently. He boasts a nice power-speed combo to go with excellent contact skills.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:56:21 -0700
The Chicago Cubs will promote 2B Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, July 9, to cover for 2B Darwin Barney (personal).
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:40:06 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara has taken a step in his development at Triple-A Iowa recently, and he's now on the major league radar for a call-up. After going 1-for-5 Monday, June 30, Alcantara raised his average to .305 and earned Pacific Coast Player of the Week. He has a nine-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. He's expected to be up in the majors when rosters expand in September. The Cubs have been exposing Alcantara to the outfield as well as second base and shortstop. The one question mark about Alcantara is his strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.6).
Fantasy Tip: The power is definitely intriguing from Alcantara, especially if he comes up to play the keystone in the bigs. He'll need to make more consistent contact in order to hit for a decent average at the next level. With the Cubbies in last place, we may see Alcantara before September if they pull off a trade. Keep him on your radar in keeper and NL-only leagues.