Raul Alcantara
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Athletics used Alcantara as a starter from 2012 to 2016 before converting him into a swingman last season. He made 26 appearances between Triple-A and Oakland last year, 19 of which came in relief. The move to the bullpen has not helped him gain anything in strikeouts as he still has a below-average rate, and he has been awful over 46 major-league innings as he has allowed 14 homers and owns a 7.19 ERA for his career. He should be left in the bullpen to try to figure out where his best fit is moving forward, because it will not be in the starting rotation with his inability to miss bats. The problem is, he is already out of options so he will either have to make the bullpen out of camp or be exposed to waivers for another team to figure him out. Either way, he can safely be kept off your roster until something in his repertoire changes. Read Past Outlooks
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Notches second victory in Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
April 20, 2018
Alcantara (2-0) fired four scoreless innings in Triple-A Nashville's 1-0 win over Iowa on Thursday, allowing two hits and a walk while recording three strikeouts.
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The 25-year-old bounced back nicely from a rough outing versus Omaha his last time out, one in which he allowed four earned runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Alcantara has been nothing if not intriguing during a long professional career that dates back to 2011, posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five different stops and exceeding the 5.00 mark in four other stints, including both of his major-league tenures in 2016 and 2017. He projects to remain with the Sounds for the time being, but injuries or poor performances at the big-league level could certainly earn him a callup, especially if he continues performing well in Nashville.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .275 107 13 12 25 3 0 7
Since 2016vs Right .298 104 13 4 28 10 0 7
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .238 52 6 9 10 0 0 3
2017vs Right .240 56 6 3 12 7 0 2
2016vs Left .306 55 7 3 15 3 0 4
2016vs Right .364 48 7 1 16 3 0 5
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Since 2016
 
 
-44%
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2018
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2017
 
 
-64%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-18%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.40 1.39 26.2 1 2 0 5.7 3.0 1.7
Since 2016Away 9.61 1.63 19.2 1 3 0 4.1 3.2 4.1
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 3.75 1.25 12.0 1 0 0 5.3 4.5 0.8
2017Away 10.50 1.58 12.0 0 2 0 3.8 4.5 3.0
2016Home 6.75 1.50 14.2 0 2 0 6.1 1.8 2.5
2016Away 8.22 1.70 7.2 1 1 0 4.7 1.2 5.9
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Alcantara was once widely regarded as Oakland's top pitching prospect, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014, which obviously slowed his progress. Though he had a phenomenal eight-game stint at Triple-A Nashville last year (six earned runs, three walks), Alcantara did little to impress over his first five major league starts. He has a little more growing to do -- after all, he's logged only 68 innings above Double-A. He may need to change things to earn fantasy trust: Though his fastball touches the mid- to high-90s, his approach works more toward contact. He hasn't punched out more than 7.5 batters per nine at any level. Of course, the real optimism lies in his control (1.9 BB/9 in minors). He may compete for one of the back-end rotation spots in spring training.
Alcantara started the season in Double-A and was one of the A's top pitching prospects, but his season was cut short by Tommy John surgery in May after just three starts. As a result, Alcantara will likely miss most of the 2015 season as the A's will be careful with him coming off of major surgery. His 2013 season showed plenty of promise, as he carried a 124:24 K:BB over 156.1 innings between Low-A Beloit and High-A Stockton, although there is some question as to how frequently he will be able to miss bats as he moves through the upper levels of the minors. If he's able to maintain good control post surgery, Alcantara should be able to get back on track in his development toward becoming a very capable innings eater. Having just turned 22 in December, Alcantara will likely head back to Double-A either late in 2015 or to start 2016.
The A's acquired Alcantara in the Andrew Bailey trade that also netted them Josh Reddick two offseasons ago. Alcantara finished 2013 with 12 wins in a season split between Low-A and High-A, and he was very strong in his 27 starts while putting together a 3.11 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Alcantara has excellent control (1.4 BB/9), which makes up for his non-dominant strikeout rate (7.1 K/9). He will be 21 this season and seems likely to be starting games in Double-A at some point, possibly right out of the gate this season. He is considered one of the top arms in the Oakland system and the A's showed their faith in him by adding him to the 40-man roster in the winter in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
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Outrighted from 40-man roster
POakland Athletics  AAA
March 28, 2018
Alcantara was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
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Touched up for long ball Sunday
POakland Athletics  AAA
March 26, 2018
Alcantara allowed an earned run on a hit -- a solo home run -- and a walk over one inning in Sunday's 5-1 Bay Bridge Series exhibition loss to the Giants. He also recorded a strikeout.
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Handed loss after allowing four runs Friday
POakland Athletics  AAA
September 30, 2017
Alcantara (1-2) was the pitcher of record in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers, covering 4.1 innings and conceding four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out two batters during the 80-pitch outing.
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Slated for Friday start
POakland Athletics  AAA
September 26, 2017
Alcantara has been confirmed as Friday's starter against the Rangers, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports.
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Shines with win in spot start
POakland Athletics  AAA
September 23, 2017
Alcantara (1-1) earned the win Saturday against the Rangers, throwing five shutout innings while working around two hits and two walks in Oakland's 1-0 victory over the Rangers. He struck out five.
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