Alcantara On The Radar

It's tough to post better numbers than Jorge Alcantara did in the Dominican Summer League this year, especially as an infielder. As a result, the young slugger earned a promotion to the Gulf Coast League this week and now he's trying to advance himself even further on the prospect radar.

"More or less it was okay," Jorge Alcantara said of his performance in the Dominican through the help of a translator. "I felt like I could have done better in everything, but mostly with my batting. I did my best and I was pleased with my performance, but I think I could have done even better."

That's a scary proposition given that he hit .322 and posted a .967 OPS for the Yankees' top Dominican Summer League team, including drawing 25 walks in just 44 games.

It was that kind of performance, however, that was needed to help propel an under-the-radar International signee to the United States in his professional debut season.

"I was a little surprised that I did so well so quickly, but I wish I could have kept it going [towards the end] in the Dominican," said Alcantara, who signed in the offseason for a mere $20,000.

"I knew coming in that I had to work hard and try to get better everyday because I wasn't as well known. I was very surprised to get a call-up to the States this soon, but one of my goals this year was to work hard to get here as quickly as possible."

Check one of his 2010 goals off of his to-do list. The bigger one though, especially now that he's made his way to the Gulf Coast League, is to keep the momentum going.

"My main job is I want to be consistent with everything, but most of all I want to improve my defense and more specifically my throwing," he admitted after being charged with 23 errors in the DSL. "I prefer second [base] or third, but again, I want to get better at the accuracy with my throwing."

Steadfast in ironing out his defensive issues and continuing his hot hitting in the United States, Alcantara knows he still has a lot of work to do even though he has quickly put himself on the radar this year.

"I think now that I've gotten a good start in professional baseball, I've put my name on the list of prospects in the organization," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"More or less it was okay,\" Jorge Alcantara said of his performance in the Dominican through the help of a translator. \"I felt like I could have done better in everything, but mostly with my batting. I did my best and I was pleased with my performance, but I think I could have done even better.\"
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\r\nThat's a scary proposition given that he hit .322 and posted a .967 OPS for the Yankees' top Dominican Summer League team, including drawing 25 walks in just 44 games.
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\r\nIt was that kind of performance, however, that was needed to help propel an under-the-radar International signee to the United States in his professional debut season.
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\r\n\"I was a little surprised that I did so well so quickly, but I wish I could have kept it going [towards the end] in the Dominican,\" said Alcantara, who signed in the offseason for a mere $20,000.
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\r\n\"I knew coming in that I had to work hard and try to get better everyday because I wasn't as well known. I was very surprised to get a call-up to the States this soon, but one of my goals this year was to work hard to get here as quickly as possible.\"
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\r\nCheck one of his 2010 goals off of his to-do list. The bigger one though, especially now that he's made his way to the Gulf Coast League, is to keep the momentum going.
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\r\n\"My main job is I want to be consistent with everything, but most of all I want to improve my defense and more specifically my throwing,\" he admitted after being charged with 23 errors in the DSL. \"I prefer second [base] or third, but again, I want to get better at the accuracy with my throwing.\"
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\r\nSteadfast in ironing out his defensive issues and continuing his hot hitting in the United States, Alcantara knows he still has a lot of work to do even though he has quickly put himself on the radar this year.
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\r\n\"I think now that I've gotten a good start in professional baseball, I've put my name on the list of prospects in the organization,\" he concluded.
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