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|Detroit Tigers – No. 40|
|Born: July 10, 1996|
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|September 6, 2020, for the Detroit Tigers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2020 season)
|Runs batted in||1|
Alcántara signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an international free agent in July 2012. He made his professional debut in 2013 with the AZL Diamondbacks and spent the whole season there, slashing .243/.398/.320 with 16 RBIs in 48 games. In 2014, he played for the Missoula Osprey where he batted .244 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 70 games, and in 2015, he played for the Kane County Cougars and Hillsboro Hops where he posted a combined .223 batting average with one home run and 28 RBIs in 91 total games between the two teams. He spent 2016 with the AZL Diamondbacks, Hillsboro, Kane County and the Visalia Rawhide, compiling a .284 batting average with one home run and 26 RBIs in 76 total games. He began 2017 back with Visalia.
On July 18, 2017 the Diamondbacks traded Alcántara along with Dawel Lugo and Jose King to the Detroit Tigers for J. D. Martinez. Detroit assigned him to the Lakeland Flying Tigers and he finished the season there. In 121 total games between Visalia and Lakeland, he slashed .266/.334/.339 with three home runs, 35 RBIs, and a .673 OPS.
The Tigers added Alcántara to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season. In 2018, he spent the full season with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, where he hit .271 with a home run, 37 RBIs, and eighteen doubles. For the second straight season, Alcantara would remain at the Double-A level for the full season during the 2019 season. Playing in 102 games (18 fewer than in 2018) he finished the season with a .247 average and .346 OBP. He hit two home runs, had 27 RBIs, but walked 48 times, six times more than in 2018. Alcántara was invited to spring training for the 2020 season but it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the league started but up in the summer, Alcántara missed the beginning of summer camp when he tested positive for COVID-19.
On September 4, 2020, the Tigers called up Alcántara as the 29th man for a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins but was sent back down to the alternate training site afterwards without getting a chance to play. He was called up again the next day and made his major league debut on September 6. Alcántara hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Tigers, becoming the eighth Tiger player to accomplish this feat, and the first position player for the Tigers to do since Reggie Sanders in 1974.
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