Prospect Watch: Prepare for De La Rosa's revival, Polanco's arrival
With Emilio Bonifacio plummeting back to earth and Darwin Barney remaining a replacement-level hitter at best, the Cubs have an obvious need at second base. Alcantara can fill that void, and the Cubs have been exploring other ways to hasten his ascension to the majors. He made his first professional start in the outfield with Iowa last week in an effort to get him comfortable with a position he might have to play once he's with the big league club. If and when he gets the call, his speed will be an asset to the Cubs and fantasy owners alike. The Cubs aren't going anywhere this season and don't have any reason to promote a player unless he's going to get regular playing time. Once the 22-year-old Alcantara is in the majors, expect to see him on the field most days.