No. 23: Red Sox middle infield prospect Marvin Alcantara
Marvin Alcantara entered the FCL with plenty of hype in 2023 and managed to make his way to Single-A before the end of the season.
The right-handed hitting shortstop slashed .228/.324/.290 with eight doubles and two home runs between the two levels. He drove in 28 runs, scored 35 more, and stole 12 bases in 61 games (224 at-bats).
Alcantara appeared at both second base and shortstop with Salem this season. He looked smooth playing both positions. Alcantara has a quick glove, good footwork, great range, and a solid arm.
The 18-year-old is listed at 5'10", 157 lbs. With that frame, it shouldn't be shocking that he isn't a massive power hitter. There might be a decent pop in his bat for his size, though.
For the most part, expect Alcantara to showcase great speed, a good contact bat, and good defense. If he hits some home runs, that just adds to his value.
We're likely still quite a few years away from Marvin Alcantara being ready for the Major Leagues. With that in mind, this is a very tough ranking. He has the potential to fill out and become an all-around star (even if he never adds too much power). It also doesn't help that I didn't get to see a ton of him in 2023.
However, he's still a raw prospect, and who knows what we're saying about him in a year. I wouldn't be shocked if Alcantara is one of the most exciting prospects in 2024. However, if he finds himself near this same tier next year, don't consider that a failure. He'll still be a 19-year-old with raw potential in a lot of areas. Immediate gratification is nice, but it's not necessary with these young prospects.