Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.
After striking out in his first at-bat, and hitting a sac fly his second time up, Alcantara quickly turned things around. He doubled in his third plate appearance, singled his fourth time up and clubbed a triple his fifth time at the plate. He would go on to add another single his final time up. Alcantara finished 4 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. The strong performance likely played a role in the Cubs keeping Alcantara on the active roster following the game.
For prospects like Arismendy Alcantara -- and along the same lines, Mookie Betts -- the potential is evident, but without a clear path to everyday at-bats, it's not so evident that you have to rush out and pick them up right away, at least not in standard mixed leagues. You know, they aren't Gregory Polanco or Oscar Taveras, prospects who've become household names (at least in baseball-loving households) well before they arrive, but they're good. They're worth monitoring.
For those prospects, I'll usually say something like, "I'll wait for the first multi-hit game to make a move." Well, it's already come. And by multi-hit game, we're not talking two singles, but a four-hit, three-RBI performance that included both a double and a triple.
As I outlined in particularly dramatic fashion in the latest Prospects Report, the upside for Alcantara is something like what Jimmy Rollins used to be. He may not be the greatest source of batting average because of shaky plate discipline, but he offers a rare combination of power and speed for a shortstop-eligible player. Like Rollins, the speed may be a little more developed to start out his career, but considering he had a .537 slugging percentage at the time of his promotion, you wouldn't want to sell the power short.
And now, he's attracting plenty of attention on the waiver wire. Particularly in Rotisserie leagues, where you have to go deeper into the middle infielder pool, it's time to pick him up.
The team optioned pitcher Kyle Hendricks to the minors following Thursday's start, meaning Alcantara will get a longer run in the majors. He was expected to receive just two days in the majors while Darwin Barney was on paternity leave. Alcantara went 4 for 5 Thursday, helping his cause.
Negron appeared in four games with the Reds in 2012, but that is his only MLB experience. The 28-year-old was hitting .269/.328/.406 at Louisville this season.
Rollins was 0 for 15 in his previous five games before delivering a sixth-inning blast to break a 1-1 tie. His home run was his first since June 7. Rollins has hit .240/.325/.375 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.
Heyman writes that Tulowitzki's message is something along the following lines: "I love it in Colorado. I'd like to be here. But if things (don't improve), and you can (trade) me to a winning situation I'm OK with it."
Tulowitzki, who was named a starter for the NL team in this year's All-Star game, went 2 for 4 with two solo home runs in his team's 6-3 win over the Padres Wednesday. The big performance gives him a .350/.441/.616 line with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 297 at-bats.
If the Rockies decide to pursue a trade of Tulowitzki, they could likely expect a massive return, as the shortstop is arguably the best offensive weapon at his position in the league. The Rockies are unlikely to even explore the possibility of trading the franchise player, according to the report.
Rojas, who went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts, entered play Wednesday mired in a 2-for-21 slump in his previous nine games (six starts).
Even if Alcantara is sent back to Triple-A Iowa within a couple of days, he is worth claiming off waivers right now. Though he has played mostly as a shortstop (and is shortstop-eligible in CBSSports.com leagues), Alcantara has been playing more frequently at second base and center field this season. Those are two positions where the Cubs could use an upgrade, and given how Alcantara has been producing, he could be playing at either position on a regular basis shortly.
Whether he replaces Barney or Justin Ruggiano (or whoever is the Cubs' center fielder du jour is when Alcantara is up for good), he should provide instant improvement at the plate. If he were to spend all season at Iowa, he would likely complete his second straight 15-30 season. With a mediocre strikeout rate, Alcantara may not hit much above .260, but his minor league stats hint at his ability to produce power and steals.
With those assets to go along with shortstop eligibility, Alcantara is worth a pickup in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues and deeper mixed Head-to-Head leagues. It's best to take care of that now, while he is still available in more than three-fourths of our leagues.