Detroit Tigers new acquisition Sergio Alcantara is starting to find his groove after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dawel Lugo and Jose King in exchange for J.D. Martinez.
When the Lakeland Flying Tigers took on Dunedin on Monday night, I decided to go have a look for myself, just to see what exactly the Tigers received from Arizona.
Alcantara hit second in the order, playing shortstop.
In his first at bat, he worked the count to 2-2 before driving a ball right through the hole into right for a single.
He followed that up by aggressive base running, as he went first to third on a soft single to center by Blaise Salter that not many would look to pull off.
Alcantara scored in the following at bat on a bloop hit to left.
In his second at-bat, the infielder showcased great vision and discipline, as he worked an eight-pitch walk. He fouled off a pair of tough pitches before making his way to first.
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After advancing to second following a hit batter, it took a perfect throw to get him out at home.
Coming to the plate for the third time, Alcantara found himself down 1-2, and fouling four straight before taking the next three for a nine pitch walk.
His final two at-bats ended as a ground out and fly out, giving him a 1-3 day with a single and two walks. While his average sits at a very uninspiring .188, the potential remains very high.
Major League potential:
Once he accustoms himself to a new organization, Sergio Alcantara has all the potential to be a guy that hits in the top two spots in the order.
He should be able to carry an upper .200’s average with extra base hit potential, especially in a Comerica Park. Alcantara could make his way to Detroit as a September call-up in 2018, or early 2019.