Raul Alcantara

31-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  Foreign
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$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in July of 2009.
Headed to Korea
PFree Agent  F
November 19, 2018
Alcantara signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization on Monday, Yoo Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency reports.
Alcantara, who submitted a 7.19 ERA across 46.1 innings in the big leagues with the Athletics between 2016 and 2017, spent all of last season at Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in Nashville. Considering he posted a 5.29 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 53:14 K:BB over 83.1 innings in the Pacific Coast League, Alcantara likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal had he remained stateside. Instead, he'll opt for a more significant payday overseas, with the hope of pitching well enough in Korea to attract renewed interest from MLB teams ahead of the 2020 season.
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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.
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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Notches second victory in Triple-A
POakland Athletics  F
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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Outrighted from 40-man roster
POakland Athletics  F
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  F
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  F
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  F
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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