Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
Not every success story from the international market is a high-profile, big bonus signing. Alcala signed with the Astros for just $10,000 in December 2014 and he was already 19 years old when he joined the organization. He climbed steadily through Houston's system and had reached Double-A shortly before he was sent along with Gilberto Celestino to the Twins in the Ryan Pressly deal.
The Twins didn't get the best look at Alcala after the trade, as the right-hander was a little dinged up and fatigued at season's end, so they are excited to see him at full strength. Alcala has watched his velocity climb as he's progressed and is now up in the 95-98 mph range consistently with good life. His secondary stuff has gotten better, and he missed more bats in 2018, though he's still working on their refinement. His slider and curve are both power breaking balls that run into each other at times and his changeup does get too firm.
More than anything, it will be Alcala's command that determines his ultimate role. He will have to find the strike zone on a more regular basis to remain a starter, something the Twins will be evaluating this year, knowing that seeing triple digits from Alcala in shorter relief stints is a distinct possibility.
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Minnesota Twins activated RHP Jorge Alcala.
Minnesota Twins reassigned RHP Jorge Alcala to the minor leagues.
Minnesota Twins selected the contract of RHP Jorge Alcala from Rochester Red Wings.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Rochester Red Wings from Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Minnesota Twins.
Jorge Alcala roster status changed by Chattanooga Lookouts.
Chattanooga Lookouts placed RHP Jorge Alcala on the 7-day disabled list. Right trapezius strain.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts.
Minnesota Twins traded RHP Ryan Pressly to Houston Astros for CF Gilberto Celestino and RHP Jorge Alcala.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Buies Creek Astros from Quad Cities River Bandits.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Tri-City ValleyCats.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Greeneville Astros.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to Greeneville Astros from GCL Astros.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to GCL Astros.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to DSL Astros Orange from DSL Astros Blue.
RHP Jorge Alcala assigned to DSL Astros Blue.
Houston Astros signed free agent RHP Jorge Alcala to a minor league contract.