Raul Alcantara

Position: RHP
Born: 12/4/1992
Height: 6'4
Weight: 220
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Boston Red Sox on December 28, 2011, with OF Josh Reddick and 1B Miles Head for RHP Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney (OAK) Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) July 2, 2009 (BOS).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 9-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 25 starts between Midland (Double-A) and Nashville (Triple-A), striking out 105 and walking 30 in 135.2 IP, while allowing 138 hits. At Nashville, he was 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA in eight starts, striking out 32 while walking three in 45.2 IP, allowing 38 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Nashville on September 5.
MLB Debut Date: 9/5/2016

Debut Details
September 5, in a 10-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing five runs, all earned, on five hits in three innings, walking one without striking out a batter. He also hit three batters and committed a balk. Of 61 pitches thrown, 34 were for strikes. After retiring the first batter he faced, Kole Calhoun, on a fly out to left field, Alcantara hit Mike Trout with a pitch before giving up back-to-back singles to Albert Pujols (left field) and C.J. Cron (right field) to load the bases with one out. He then hit Jefry Marte with a pitch to drive in Trout with the first run of the game, and walked the next batter, Andrelton Simmons, to score Pujols. With the bases still loaded, Nick Buss hit a sacrifice fly to left field to allow Cron to score before Alcantara hit his third batter, Jett Bandy, reloading the bases yet again. He finally ended the inning by getting Kaleb Cowart on a line drive to center field. In the second inning, Calhoun led things off again, and this time his fly ball went a little further, resulting in a home run to right field. Trout then singled before Pujols grounded into a double play and Cron popped out to foul territory outside third base for the third out. In the third, Marte led things off by flying out before Simmons doubled to left field, moved to third base on a balk by Alcantara, and scored on Buss’ second sacrifice fly in three innings. Bandy’s groundout to third base ended the inning and Alcantara’s night.

Player Notes
It would appear that rookie nerves may have gotten to Alcantara in that first inning, seeing as he was coming off an unbelievable run at Nashville before his promotion. After losing all of 2014 to Tommy John surgery, he came back strong in 2015 at Stockton (High A), going 0-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 15 starts, marking 2016 as the first time he’d ever pitched above A-ball. He appears to have regained his fastball in the middle 90s post-surgery, and he also adds a changeup and curveball to round out his repertoire.