Detroit Tigers: Sergio Alcántara claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers

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The Detroit Tigers have lost another prospect after the Chicago Cubs claimed an infielder off of waivers. Sergio Alcántara is headed to the Cubs, meaning that the J.D. Martinez trade looks even worse than it already did.

While Alcántara has only played in ten big league games, the Detroit Tigers missed out on another prospect before truly seeing what he can do in the big leagues. The rebuild is pressing on, and part of the next step is for the prospects to start breaking through into Major League Baseball.

Alcántara is the second prospect who departs the Tigers organization after coming to the Tigers in the Martinez trade. The trade sent Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Alcántara, Dawel Lugo, and Jose King.

As it stands now, with Alcántara’s departure, King is the only remaining player in the Tigers organization from this trade. Lugo is already gone, and Alcántara is the latest departure. This trade is really making the phrase “Hindsight is always 20/20” come true once again.

With the Detroit Tigers losing Sergio Alcántara, the J.D. Martinez trade looks even worse.

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Alcántara is 24 years old, and his ten-game stint with the Tigers in 2020 was far from exciting. He hit .143/.217/.381  with five hits over 23 at-bats. On the bright side, Alcántara was only fanned four times during his 23 at-bats, which is better than a nearly 40% strikeout rate like Jake Rogers has had during his stint in the big leagues.

This past season there were no games across all of Minor League Baseball in 2020. However, Alcántara played his 2019 season at the Double-A level with the Erie Seawolves. He played in 102 total games where he hit .247/.346/.296 with 27 total RBI on the season.

But, he is now a member of the Cubs, and the Tigers are left with King, as was mentioned above. King is another infielder in the Tigers organization, he has not played above Single-A within the organization.

This is another trade the Tigers organization is looking like the big-time losers of. With J.D. Martinez going to be quite the slugger after he moved on from the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Tigers are left with basically nothing to show for it.

Besides this, the Tigers have not exactly “won” the Justin Verlander trade. So losing out on Alcántara just does not help the situation. The Tigers will press on, hoping to get a good performance out of Isaac Paredes and Willi Castro.

While Castro looks to be the full-time shortstop for this organization in 2021, Alcántara’s short-lived big league tenure with the team has come to an end before he got a true shot to stick in the big leagues. On the other hand, Paredes is going to add some versatility to his resume during the 2021 season, transitioning away from shortstop to a second base/third base role.

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The Detroit Tigers lost out on another prospect with the claim of Sergio Alcántara by the Chicago Cubs, making the J.D. Martinez trade look like the organization got fleeced. Hindsight truly is 20/20.