The Cincinnati Reds have outrighted utility player Arismendy Alcantara to Double-A Pensacola. Alcantara was designated for assignment last week and cleared waivers. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first that I saw report this.
Arismendy Alcantara cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Pensacola.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) August 14, 2017
The move to Pensacola makes sense as there will be more playing time around the infield for him than there would be in Louisville. That may also speak to where the team is at when it comes to how they feel about his playing time versus some others at this point. After hitting .171/.187/.248 with two walks and 38 strikeouts in the Major Leagues, it will be nice for him to find some sort of consistent playing time. He only had 108 plate appearances on the year despite playing in 70 games.
In the past Arismendy Alcantara has had success at the Double-A level. He last played there in 2013 when he was with the Chicago Cubs organization. In that season he hit .271/.353/.451, walked 62 times and had 125 strikeouts in just over 500 plate appearances. The next year he had success in Triple-A as well, posting an OPS of .890, but he saw his strikeout-to-walk ratio go backwards at that level and it’s been a large issue ever since then.