Jorge Luis Alcala (pronounced AL-cah-lah)...ranked the 23rd best prospect in the Twins' system as of Sept. 14, 2019 by MLB.com and 19th by Baseball America...hobbies include playing dominos and going to the beach.
Began season on Minnesota Taxi Squad...recalled by Twins on Aug. 1... Made season-debut Aug. 3 vs. Pittsburgh, allowing one unearned run on two hits in 2.0 innings pitched with two strikeouts... Recorded first major league win Aug. 18 vs. Milwaukee, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings in a 4-3, 12-inning Twins victory... Set season and career-high with six strikeouts August 21 at Kansas City (3.0 IP)... Held opponents scoreless in 11 of 16 appearances... Struck out at least one batter in 11 of 16 appearances and multiple batters in nine games... Threw 17 pitches at 99.0 mph-plus, the most on the team and 20th in baseball...topped out at 100.7 in an at-bat vs. Tim Anderson (foul ball) Sept. 2 vs. Chicago-AL... Held right-handed batters to a .170 (9-for-53) average with one home run (James McCann, Sept. 15 at CWS), while left-handers hit .364 (12-for-33)... Appeared in just one game for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League (1.0 IP).
Began the season in Double-A Pensacola where he amassed a 5-7 record with a 5.87 ERA (102.2 IP, 67 ER) and a 105/37 SO/BB ratio...Appeared in 26 games for the Blue Wahoos, 16 as a starter, throwing at least 5.0 innings in 12 of those games, and once in relief...Was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week, for the week ending May 5...pitched 5.0 shutout innings with five hits allowed, no walks and eight strikeouts on May 2 vs. Biloxi...Allowed two earned runs over 8.2 innings in August before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester, where he'd finish the season by throwing 7.2 scoreless innings of relief, scattering four hits with 11 strikeouts (.154 BAA)...During his brief stint with the Red Wings, right-handed hitters went 1-for-10 off him (.100) and lefties went 3-for-16 (.188)...Had his contract selected by the Twins on September 14 prior to a doubleheader in Cleveland...Made major league debut September 21 vs. Kansas City, pitching 0.2 scoreless innings with one hit and one walk.
Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week while pitching for Double-A Corpus Christi (HOU) for the week of June 4-10, making two appearances (1 start), allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out seven in 9.0 innings...traded from Houston to Minnesota on July 28 with OF Gilberto Celestino in exchange for RHP Ryan Pressly...was on the 7-day Injured List from July 29-August 6 with a right trapezius strain...named No. 11 prospect in Twins system by MLB.com...made stops in Single-A Advanced Buies Creek (1-4, 3.03 ERA in 38.2 IP), Double-A Corpus Christi (2-3,3.54 ERA in 40.2 IP) and Double-A Chattanooga (0-4, 5.85 ERA in 20.0 IP).
Went 7-6 with a 3.05 ERA (109.1 IP, 37 ER) over two stops in Single-A Quad Cities and Single-A Advanced Buies Creek...held batters to a .155 BAA in Quad Cities over six games (4 starts) before the promotion to Buies Creek, where he went 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 78.2 IP...entered the season the 18th best prospect in Astros system by MLB.com.
Made three stops in the Minors, first with the Gulf Coast League affiliate, where he pitched in six games (3 starts), throwing to a 1.21 ERA (22.1 IP, 3 ER) with 35/6 SO/BB...was promoted to Rookie-level Greenville, where he pitched in another six games (4 starts), amassing a 2-1 record with a 1.80 ERA (20.0 IP, 4 ER) and .174 BAA...finished the year with Tri-City (Single-A), where he went 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA (13.2 IP, 8 ER) in three starts...was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 21 with Greenville, making one start and throwing 5.0 no-hit innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Began his professional career with the Dominican Summer League Astros Blue, going 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA (32.1 IP, 11 ER) and an opponents' batting average of .227.