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Alcantara Check - Batting Average

Currently, there are quite a few exuberant fans on this site that love AA. I agree, he has shown some life, and I hope he is able to make the adjustments at the MLB-level, as the pitchers will surely adjust to him very soon. If his bat, assuming there is a drop-off soon, can sustain an ongoing .275 BA with a .325 OBP level (basically reproducing Castro's numbers), I think we would all be pretty happy for the rest of 2014.

The current OPS of 1.139 is unsustainable, and I would imagine will drop below his recent minors OPS to around .700 or .750. But at the end of the day, would you feel comfortable with that level of production in the outfield for a playoff bound team? Granted, I'd take it everyday over our current lineup, but when the likes of Bryant and Baez, Russell and Schwarber are here in 2016, you would currently assume the new outfield is KB in LF, AA in CF, and KS in RF. AA appears to be the weak link in that lineup. The line I mentioned is pretty good for a second baseman, but I do not get as optimistic for a CF. Do you see the Cubs looking to upgrade for 2016, and do you even think his ..275/.325/.700 line I assumed above is feasible for him to maintain?


[This is my first fanpost...heck I do not even post much on BCB. But there it is. Please be as harsh as needed! ]

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