Age: 21 Years Old
Joined the organization via: Anthony Rizzo Trade with New York Yankees
2023 Stats: .276/.328/.452 9 HR, 20 2B, 2 3B, 13 SB, 49 RBI, 50 R
Kevin Alcantara was our choice for the best hitter of the first half at High-A South Bend. He began the season looking like it was going to be a complete dud. However, when we got to June he dominated to a .306/.379/.518 slash line and in July, at the time of writing, he’s carrying a .405/.479/.667 slash line over 42 at-bats with seven extra-base hits.
Superstar players can’t be kept down. Calling the beginning of the season a slump may be a little bit of an understatement considering it lasted for the first two months of the season, but for a player of Alcantara’s caliber that’s all, it is a slump. There was never doubt that he’d come out of it because he was simply too skilled and talented not to figure it out.
He appears, to me at least, to be tied to Pete Crow-Armstrong. I don’t think we’ll see the two of them at the same level until that level is the major league level. I also think that Jed Hoyer is smart enough to soften the blow of dealing Cody Bellinger by showing us that the future is close so the way I see it is that in the span of about three days, we’ll see Bellinger get traded to a contender, Crow-Armstrong called up to AAA and Alcantara called up to AA.
Regardless of his path to the majors, Alcantara is a player that is a combination of Shaw and Ferris in that I think that his skillset will get him to the majors at least but those same tools give him the potential to be an All-Star caliber player on a World Series bound team. In a system that doesn’t have Pete Crow-Armstrong, Kevin Alcantara absolutely could have been the top player in the organization and he could be on the major league roster by opening day 2025.