Detroit acquired RHP prospect Victor Alcantara (video from Fall League here) from Anaheim last night in exchange for OF Cameron Maybin. Alcantara has been pitching for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, and I’ve seen him a few times over the past several weeks.
Alcantara has mostly been 91-95 with sinking arm-side movement. His fastball command is well below average, a 30 on the 20-80 scale for me, and his delivery is full of effort and violent moving parts. His mid-80s slider is consistently above average and features more length than is usual for a slider that hard. I’ve seen some changeups as well, mostly in the 86-87 mph range, but the best one I’ve seen has been a 40 on the scale.
Alcantara profiles as a two-pitch reliever for me. He’s been up to 99 in the past, and if he can somehow regain that kind of velocity it would obviously enhance his chances of contributing to Detroit’s big-league staff and potentially in a high-leverage role. For now, though, he’s a middle-relief prospect for me, with a chance for something more than that.
I haven’t gotten word as to whether Alcantara will remain with Scottsdale (where Anaheim’s prospects are assigned) or whether he’ll move north and join the Salt River Rafters club (to which Tigers prospects are assigned) for the rest of the season. In the past, players like Daniel Palka and Carlos Asuaje have remained with their current Fall League clubs through the duration of the league instead of changing teams. I’ll update this post when I learn his fate. Changing rosters would be significant for those of you interested in following Alcantara, as Salt River’s home park supplies the public with PITCHf/x data and others do not.