I missed Arismendy Alcantara at the Triple A All-Star game earlier this month because the Cubs called him up to the Majors. Like all prospects there are players who are a little bit hyped up, but there are also those that live up to the hype. The Cubs currently have, according to Keith Law, the best minor league system in the Majors. Lots of big name talent right now including Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, etc, etc, etc. Why don't people talk about Arismendy Alcantara?
During his half season in Triple A Alcantara posted a .307/.353/.537 line with 25 doubles, 11 triples, and 10 home runs. Throw in 21 steals and it's not quite Mike Trout, but I am not sure there are many teams who would not like to have a player like Arismendy Alcantara in their system. Or on their big league team.
So, where's the love for this guy? Alcantara was only ranked 83rd by Baseball America before the 2014 season. MLB.com has him ranked 89th. Breaking it down amongst only the Cubs prospects Baseball America had the infielder ranked 7th and MLB.com placed him 7th too. I know that people are high on Bryant and Baez, but both of those players have some serious holes in their swings.
A similar trend has followed Alcantara in the hobby. Collectors have also been very high on Bryant, Baez, and Soler while taking a slower approach with Alcantara. In my opinion, he is one of the better bargains out there for collectors to snatch up. I choose to pick up a copy of his Bowman Inception last week.....
While Bryant is striking out a few hundred times in Triple A, Alcantara is hanging out in Wrigley. His autographed rookie cards can be a little pricy, but they are not even close to the Bryant autographed cards. For $40 to $50 you can own the Bowman autographed rookie card of Alcantara. For about half of the price you can pick up this Bowman Inception card. A really nice looking card with a great looking autograph.