Raul Alcántara was originally signed by Boston scout Manny Nanita.
Went 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in eight games, including four starts, over two stints with the A's… began the season in the starting rotation but made just one start and two relief appearances before he was designated for assignment April 25 and outrighted to Triple-A Nashville April 29… returned Sept. 5 and made two relief appearances before his final three outings were starts… allowed a .239 opponents batting average but issued 12 walks in 24.0 innings (4.50 per nine innings) for a .343 on-base percentage…12 of the 22 hits (54.5%) he allowed were for extra bases for a .478 slugging percentage…27 of the 53 hits (50.9%) he has allowed in his career are for extra bases…surrendered five home runs in 24.0 innings and now has 14 home runs in 46.1 career innings (2.72 per nine innings)…his opponents average included a mark of .238 (10-for-42) against left-handed hitters compared to .240 (12-for-50) against right-handers…issued nine of his 12 walks to lefties…12 of his 16 career walks have been by left-handers…opponents hit .176 with the bases empty, .317 with all five of his home runs with runners on base…10 of his 14 career home runs have come with men on…yielded a .375 average with runners in scoring position…had a .186 opponents average the first time through the lineup, .333 after that…went 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four games in Oakland, 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in four games on the road…made seven of his eight appearances at night…yielded a .125 average with two outs…was 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA in his four starting assignments and 0-0 with a 7.00 ERA in four relief appearances…did not inherit any runners as a reliever and first batters faced were 1-for-3 with a walk.
OAKLAND: Began the season in the starting rotation and started the fifth game of the season at Texas April 7…allowed a career-high eight runs in 2.0 innings for the loss…it was the shortest start of his career…yielded two home runs to become the third pitcher in Oakland history to allow at least one home run in each of his first six career appearances (Adams 1996, Overton, 2016)…was moved to bullpen and allowed seven runs in 5.0 innings over two appearances before he was designated for assignment April 25…was 0-1 with a 16.71 ERA and .323 opponents batting average at the time…was outrighted to Nashville April 29 but returned to Oakland Sept. 5 following the conclusion of the Sounds season…went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and .197 opponents batting average in five games, three starts, in September…his first two outings came in relief before making an emergency start on Sept. 18 at Detroit when Jharel Cotton was injured during warm-ups…tossed 3.2 scoreless innings…his next appearance was also a last minute start on Sept. 23 against Texas, replacing Sean Manaea…combined with four relievers on a four-hit, 1-0 shutout…tossed 5.0 innings and allowed two of the hits, extending his scoreless streak to a career-high 9.2 innings…started against the Rangers again on Sept. 29 at Texas…it was his ninth career start, his fifth against the Rangers.
NASHVILLE: Compiled a 1-2 record, four saves and a 2.67 ERA in 18 games, including three starts, with Nashville…was on the disabled list from May 26 to July 28 with a strained right elbow and had a four-game rehab assignment with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League from July 17 to 25 (5.1 ip, 2 h, 1 bb, 7 so)…combined with both clubs to go 1-2 with four saves and a 2.31 ERA in 22 games, five starts…did not allow a home run in 39.0 innings…walked just eight batters, an average 1.85 per nine innings…allowed a .255 opponents batting average, including .241 (19- for-79) against right-handed hitters compared to .271 (19-for-70) against left-handers…was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 17 relief appearances, 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA in five starts…had just 10 relief appearances in 123 career outings entering the season…allowed 4-of-8 (50.0%) inherited runners to score…converted 4-of-5 (80.0%) save opportunities…opponents hit .167 with one walk (.189 on-base percentage) when leading off an inning…yielded a .218 batting average with the bases empty, .306 with runners on…had a .174 opponents average with RISP and two outs…did not allow a run in nine games on the road with Nashville (15.0 ip) and held the opponents to a .173 batting average…three of his first five outings with the Sounds following his outright from Oakland on April 29 were as a starter…his first relief appearance came on May 13 against Albuquerque and he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings for his first professional save…made his final start on May 25 against Omaha when he allowed three runs on six hits in 4.0 innings…was 0-2 with a 2.81 in five games, three starts, when he was placed on the disabled list May 26 with a strained right elbow…pitched exclusively in relief after he was reinstated from the DL July 29 and logged a 2.55 ERA over his final 13 appearances…did not allow a run over his final five outings (5.0 ip, 4 h, 1 so).
Made both his Triple-A and Major League debuts in 2016…started the season at Double-A Midland, where he went 5-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 17 starts…was moved up to Triple-A Nashville July 21 and was a perfect 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA in eight starts when he was promoted to Oakland Sept. 5…went 1-3 with a 7.25 ERA and .333 opponents batting average in five starts with the A's…surrendered nine home runs in 22.1 innings, an average of 3.63 per nine innings…based on a minimum of 20 innings pitched, that was the third highest average in the American League and second highest in Athletics history to Dillon Overton, who had a mark of 4.44 in 2016…joins Overton and Willie Adams (1996) as the only pitchers in Athletics history to allow a home run in each of the first five games of their career…also yielded six doubles and 15 of the 31 hits he allowed were for extra bases…opponents batted .333 with a .688 slugging percentage…walked just four batters in 22.1 innings (1.61 per nine innings) but also hit four for a .379 opponents on-base percentage…his opponents batting average broke down to .306 (15-for-49) against left-handed hitters compared to .364 (16-for-44) against right-handers…yielded a .362 average with the bases empty, .286 with runners on…opponents hit .250 with runners in scoring position, including .167 with RISP and two outs…all five of his starts came against AL West competition and the A's were 1-4 (.200) in his starts…was the losing pitcher in his ML debut, a 10-7 A's loss to Los Angeles (AL) on Sept. 5 in Oakland…hit three batters, all in the first inning, to tie the ML record for most hit batters in an inning (30th time, last: Kirby Yates NYY vs. TEX, June 27, 2016)…is the first Athletic to do it…tied the Oakland record for hit batters in a game (10th time, last: Jesse Hahn vs. TEX, June 10, 2015)…the last Athletic to hit three batters in his debut was Bill Knowlton on Sept. 3, 1920…lasted 3.0 innings, which matched the second shortest outing by an Oakland starter in his ML debut…it was the shortest since Marcus Jones pitched 2.1 innings in the day game of a day/night doubleheader at Colorado July 17, 2000…became the 48th pitcher in Oakland history to start in his debut…did not record his first strikeout until his second start when he fanned Robinson Cano to end the first inning on Sept. 11 against Seattle…earned his first big league win in an 11-2 decision at Texas Sept. 17, allowing two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings…then took the loss in each of his final two start on Sept. 24 against Texas and Sept. 30 at Seattle…tossed a career-high 6.0 innings against the Rangers but surrendered four home runs in 2.0 innings against the Mariners while matching his career high for runs (5) and hits (7).
Went 0-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 15 starts with Single-A Stockton after missing the first two months of the season as he continued his recovery from May 14, 2014 "Tommy John" surgery…surrendered just three home runs in 48.2 innings…walked eight for an average of 1.48 walks per nine innings…allowed a .286 opponents batting average, including .284 (33-for-116) against right-handed hitters compared to .288 (21-for-73) against left-handers…12 of the 21 hits he allowed to lefties were for extra bases (nine doubles, two triples, one home run)…yielded a .333 batting average with runners in scoring position but that mark dropped to .238 with RISP and two outs…surrendered all three of his home runs at home… compiled a 5.40 ERA in the first and second innings and a 1.77 ERA in the third and fourth innings… averaged 3.244 innings per start…never tossed more than 4.0 innings and did not qualify for any wins… began the season on the disabled list at Double-A Midland but was reinstated and transferred to Stockton June 8…surrendered a season-high seven hits and allowed four runs in 2.1 innings in his first start June 8 against Inland Empire…walked two batters in his second start June 13 at Rancho Cucamonga, his only outing with more than one walk…had an 11.57 ERA and .480 opponents batting average over his first two starts…then logged a 2.12 ERA while holding the opposition to a .245 batting average over his next eight starts from June 18 to Aug. 2…struck out a season-high five in 3.1 scoreless innings June 18 against Bakersfield…tossed a season-high 4.0 innings in his fourth start June 27 at Inland Empire…it was his first of eight outings of exactly 4.0 innings…did not walk a batter over a five-start stretch from July 8 to Aug. 2 (18.1 ip)…his two losses came in consecutive starts on Aug. 2 at San Jose and Aug. 7 against Rancho Cucamonga…allowed a season-high five runs in a season-low 0.1 innings in the latter contest…also yielded two of his three home runs for the season on Aug. 7…compiled a 1.93 ERA and .224 opponents batting average over his final four starts beginning Aug. 12…did not pitch from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5…tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in his final start Sept. 6 against Modesto…made one appearance for Oriente in the Dominican Winter League following the season (2.0 ip, 4 h).
Began the season at Double-A Midland but made just three starts before he was placed on the disabled list April 19 with a strained right elbow…underwent "Tommy John" surgery May 14 and missed the remainder of the season…the surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles…went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in his three starts with the RockHounds…did not allow a home run in 19.2 innings…yielded a .250 opponents batting average, including .239 (11-for-46) against right-handed hitters compared to .273 (6-for-22) against left-handers…opponents went 1-for-13 (.077) with runners in scoring position…picked up the win in each of his rst two starts, allowing just two runs in 14.2 innings…thenhad a no decision in his nal start April 18 against San Antonio (5.0 ip, 6 h, 3 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 2 so)…was named the A's ninth best prospect by Baseball America following the season.
Split his season between the A's two Single-A affiliates at Beloit and Stockton and combined for a 12-6 record and a 3.22 ERA in 27 games, all starts...had career highs in wins, games started, innings pitched (156.1) and strikeouts (124)...tied for second in the A's farm system in wins, ranked third in ERA, fourth in innings and and fifth in strikeouts...was rated as the A's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America following the season...tied for fifth among all Single-A pitchers in wins, ranked seventh in innings pitched and tied for seventh in starts...had a 10-game winning streak from April 9 to July 8 and compiled a 2.06 ERA over that 16-start stretch...surrendered 11 home runs for the season, an average of 0.63 per nine innings...issued 24 walks or 1.38 per nine innings...held the opposition to a .258 opponents batting average, including .257 (66-for-257) against left-handed hitters compared to .259 (91-for-352) against right-handers ...issued 16 of his 28 walks to lefties...allowed a .234 average with the bases empty compared to .294 with runners on base...compiled a 4.73 ERA in the first two innings of a game, compared to 2.28 from the third inning on...his teams were 16-11 (.593) in his starting assignments...tossed six or more innings in 18 of his 27 starts, allowed two runs or fewer 16 times and walked two batters or fewer 25 times.
MINORS: Began the season at Beloit and went 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 13 starts...was 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five starts at home compared to 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA in eight starts on the road...allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings in his first start April 4 against Cedar Rapids...then went 7-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his final 12 starts with the Snappers...began the streak by tossing 7.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball in a 4-1 victory at Peoria April 9...did not allow a home run over an eight-start stretch from April 9 to May 20...allowed a season-high 12 hits in 6.0 innings at Lansing May 4 but picked up his fourth win...then tossed a seven-inning complete game one-hit 4-0 shutout in the second game of a doubleheader May 10 against Peoria...did not walk a batter and struck out three...that began a stretch of three consecutive starts without issuing a walk...struck out a season-high nine in a season-high 8.0 innings May 31 against Quad Cities...allowed just one run but had a no decision in a 6-3, 14-inning loss...did not allow a run in back-to-back starts at Wisconsin June 6 (7.0 ip) and against Wisconsin June 11 (6.0 ip), his final two starts with Beloit...named to the Midwest League Midseason All-Star team and pitched the second inning for the West squad in the game June 18 (1.0 ip, 1 bb, 1 so)...was promoted to Single-A Stockton June 20 and went 5-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts with the Ports...went 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in seven starts at home compared to 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in seven starts on the road...won each of his first three decisions with the Ports to extend his winning streak to 10 games...then went 2-5 with a 4.13 ERA over his final 10 starts...extended the winning streak to 10 games July 8 against Visalia and then matched his season-high with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings July 13 against High Desert...was named California League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 8-14 after going 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13.0 innings over two starts...had his winning streak snapped July 19 against Rancho Cucamonga when he allowed three runs, all on solo home runs, in 6.0 innings...did not walk a batter over a three-start stretch from July 30 to Aug. 15...surrendered a season-high eight runs in 3.2 innings at Modesto Aug. 4...matched his season-high with nine strikeouts against Modesto Aug. 10...walked a season-high three batters Aug. 15 at Lake Elsinore and Aug. 26 against Visalia.
Spent his first season in the A's organization at Single-A Burlington where he went 6-11 with a 5.08 ERA in 27 games, including 17 starts...the losses were a career-high, the most on the Bees and tied for third most in the Midwest League...walked 38 batters in 102.2 innings after issuing just 20 free passes in 125.2 innings over his first two seasons...surrendered 12 home runs after yielding just one in his first two campaigns...began the season in the starting rotation and went 5-8 with a 5.38 ERA and .318 opponents batting average in 17 starts...was moved to the bullpen July 16 and each of his final 10 appearances came in relief...was 1-3 with a 3.63 ERA and .234 opponents average out of the pen ... allowed 4 of 5 (80.0%) inherited runners to score...was 1-7 with a 7.33 ERA and .356 opponents batting average in 13 games at home compared to 5-4 with a 3.21 ERA and .256 opponents average in 14 contests on the road...his opponents batting average included a .300 mark against right-handed hitters compared to .313 against left-handers...allowed a .242 average to batters leading off an inning...com piled a 9.53 ERA in five starts during the day, had a 3.83 ERA in 22 games at night...wet 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA over his first four starts but followed that up with a five-start stretch from April 29 to may 23 where he compiled a 3-1 record and a 1.98 ERA...struck out a season-high six batters in a season-high tying 6.0 shutout innings June 2 at Quad Cities...allowed one run in 6.0 innings in his final start July 12 against Bowling Green but had a no decision...made his first relief appearance July 16 against Dayton, tossing 2.0 perfect innings...tossed exactly two innings in seven of his 10 relief appearances.
Combined for a 1-4 record and a career-low 2.20 ERA in 13 games, all starts, in his first season in the United States with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast Rookie League and Single-A Lowell...did not allow a home run in 65.1 innings...walked just 12, an average of 1.65 per nine innings...named to the GCL Postseason All-Star team after going 1-1 with a league-leading 0.75 ERA in nine starts...also led the league with a .147 opponents batting average and ranked second in fewest walks per nine innings (1.13)...the opponents batting average included a .144 mark against right-handed hitters compared to .153 against left-handers...issued all six of his walks to righties...opponents hit .125 with runners in scoring position and .114 when leading off an inning...compiled a 0.35 ERA and .110 opponents batting average in five starts on the road...allowed one run or fewer and walked one batter or fewer in eight of his nine starts...did not allow a run and surrendered just two hits and three walks over his first three starts (16.0 ip)...picked up his lone win July 22 at the Twins, tossing a season-high tying 6.0 shutout innings...struck out a season-high 11 batters in 5.0 innings in his final start Aug. 21 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Rays...was promoted to Lowell Aug. 17 and went 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA and .333 opponents batting average in four starts with the Spinners...his opponents batting average included a .273 mark against left-handers compared to .381 against right-handers...allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings in his first start but then logged a 3.00 ERA over his final three starts.
Made his professional debut with the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League...was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in 13 starts...tied for the team-lead in wins...surrendered just one home run in 60.1 innings and walked eight (1.19 per nine innings)...opponents hit .091 with runners in scoring position and two outs...named to the DSL Midseason All-Star team...made his debut May 30 at the Royals, a no decision in a 7-4 win (3.0 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 3 so)...tossed 5.0 shutout innings and allowed just one hit for his first win June 10 against the Pirates...followed that up with a five-inning complete game five-hitter in a 5-2 win over Yankees-2...went 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his final four starts.