Last night the Detroit Tigers traded veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. Here's a quick look at the newest member of the Tigers farm system
Victor Alcantara, RHP: Alcantara is a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, signed by the Angels as a free agent in 2011. His track record has been inconsistent but he was one of the more promising players in the thin Angels organization and one of the few to draw much interest from other teams. He spent 2016 with Double-A Arkansas in the Texas League, posting a 4.30 ERA in 111 innings with 106 hits allowed and a 79/57 K/BB ratio. He started 20 games, relieved in nine, and posted a 1.63 GO/AO ratio.
Alcantara is 6-2, 190, age 23. As a starter he shows a 93-95 MPH fastball but has been clocked as high as 96-98 in the bullpen. The fastball has impressive action low in the zone (reflected in his GO/AO ratio) but his command of the pitch is inconsistent. His slider varies between mediocre and excellent, depending on when you see him, but his change-up is persistently below average. He posted a 1.35 ERA when used in the bullpen this year and that's likely his best role going forward.
Right now I'd rate him a Grade C/C+ prospect.