When we think of power-hitters we tend to think of guys like Mike Stanton, Jose Abreu, Chris Davis, ect. In our minds, the quintessential power-hitter is a big, burley guy who needs to watch his head walking through doorways and has biceps the size of your head, but then there are guys like Arismendy Alcantara. The Chicago Cubs’ rookie centerfielder hit his eighth home run big league home run of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers and now has 18 on the summer between AAA and the big leagues.
‘Mendy is not a big man by any stretch of the imagination, standing in at 5’10”, 170 lbs, and yet he is very quietly moving his way up on the Cubs’ home run leader board thanks to lightening quick hands and a compact swing. As it stands right now, ‘Mendy is 7th on the team in home runs behind Anthony Rizzo (30), Luis Valbuena (16), Starlin Castro (14), Mike Olt (12), Welington Castillo (11) and Junior Lake (9), but he is third on the team in home runs per at bat.
Since joining the Cubs on July 9th, ‘Mendy has homered, on average, every 25 at bats. Only Mike Olt (15.6) and Anthony Rizzo (16.2) have a higher rate.
‘Mendy has been particularly dangerous as of late, hitting five home runs in his last ten games and the Cubs will need him to keep swinging a big bat as it appears that Starlin Castro will join Anthony Rizzo on the unofficial disabled list. Rizzo was diagnosed with a back strain earlier this week and Castro left last night’s game with a sprained ankle, leaving the Cubs’ without their everyday three and four hitters.
Being without your two biggest bats is never a good thing, but the silver lining is that we will have an opportunity to see how Arismendy Alcantara, along with Javier Baez and Jorge Soler and Luis Valbuena, can carry an offense. Alcantara, Soler and Valbuena have a combined 12 home runs in the Cubs’ last 10 games.
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