Renteria believes in Alcantara as leadoff hitter
CHICAGO -- In 89 games at Triple-A Iowa, Arismendy Alcantara posted a .353 on-base percentage. He hasn't done as well since his promotion to the Cubs, but that doesn't mean he can't be the team's leadoff man of the future.
"We know he has the speed to be a top-of-the-order guy," manager Rick Renteria said of Alcantara, who has led off in 15 games for the Cubs, including Sunday's series finale vs. the Pirates. "We also know he has a history in the Minor Leagues of being able to get on base. There's nothing that says he can't do it here."
As the Cubs' leadoff man, Alcantara entered Sunday batting .169 (11-for-65) with five walks.
"We'll see how the lineup develops," Renteria said of the 2015 Cubs. "Those are things we have to let themselves play out and then make a determination."
The Cubs have used seven different players in the leadoff spot this season, including Emilio Bonifacio, who was traded to the Braves. Alcantara is developing into a Bonifacio-type player, moving from the outfield to second base. Now, if he could get on base more consistently to take advantage of his speed and set up the others in the Cubs' lineup, they might have something.
"I think that comes with experience and time," Renteria said. "[Alcantara] does have the skill set to allow him to be a leadoff hitter."