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.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second time in career and second consecutive season...Made two scoreless appearances on April 8 and 10 vs. Seattle, during the Twins' first series, pitching 2.1 innings (2 BB, 2 K)...Placed on 10-day Injured List on April 12 with right elbow inflammation...underwent surgery on right elbow...transferred to 60-day IL on April 23....Made one rehab appearance on June 1 with Low-A Fort Myers but had a setback and was shut down for rest of season.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career...Nine of first 12 appearances were scoreless from April 4-May 5, posting a 2.92 ERA(12.1 IP, 4 ER) and .150 (6-for-40) opponent batting average with two walks and 12 strikeouts in that span...Posted opponent batting averages of .147 (5-for-34) with 11 strikeouts in nine April games and .194 (6-for-31) with six strikeouts in 11 May games...Placed on 10-day Injured List on Aug. 9 with right triceps tendinitis; reinstated Aug. 27...Struck out at least one batter in 19-consecutive appearances (27 total K) from July 27-end of season, the longest run by a Twins reliever on the season...16 of his final 19 appearances were scoreless, from July 27-end of season...went 1-2, 0.82 ER-(22.0 IP, 2 ER) with one save, seven holds, three walks, 27 strikeouts, a .153 (11-for-72) opponent batting average and -0.64 WHIP in that span...Went 1-3, 3.23 ERA (30.2 IP, 11 ER) with an opponent average of .173 (18-for-104) in 30 away games, compared to 2-3, 4.66 ERA (29.0 IP, 15 ER) with an opponent average of .255 (27-for-106) in 29 home games...Held right-handed hitters to a .214 batting average (27-for-126) with a .580 OPS and lefties hit .214 (18-for-84) with a .740 OPS against him...Struck out at least one batter in 44 of 59 appearances and multiple batters in 13 appearances...fanned -season-high five batters on April 25 vs. Pittsburgh...Threw the only pitches for the Twins that registered 100 mph-or-faster on the season, reaching triple digits 14 times...the fastest was 100.9 mph on Aug. 8 at Houston to Jason Castro (ball)...Set career highs in appearances (59) and strikeouts (61), while stranding 15 of 21 inherited runners (71.4%)...Ranked tied for third on the club in appearances, including 43 without allowing an earned run (4th on club).
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.