Josefrailian Alcantara had the potential to be an impact prospect for the Chicago Cubs. That time is already be over.
According to Hector Gomez, Alcantara is being sought by police in the Dominican Republic in connection to the shooting death of Darwin Diaz Valerio on May 18. Nathaniel Perez Nero of Diario Libre reported that the shooting was allegedly regarding RD $150,000, approximately $2800 USD. Alcantara had received treatment at a medical facility, but fled afterward.
Former Chicago Cubs prospect Josefrailian Alcantara on the run
There was a time when Alcantara appeared to have a bright future with the Cubs. He had been considered a potential five tool prospect with plenty of power, a strong arm, and excellent speed. His athleticism made him likely to stick in center for the long term with the Cubs regarding him as a possible impact player.
That time has ended after one season. The Cubs had previously suspended Alcantara for violating team rules, but went a step further with his release. Although he had been handed a $500,000 signing bonus, the fourth highest the franchise handed out in the 2022 international signing period, they had enough. Alcantara had to go.
This situation is a sign of why. Yes, people in their late teens can be impulsive and make terrible decisions. But there comes a time when they have to grow up. Unfortunately for Alcantara, that is a realization that came far too late. A person was killed and his career may be over as a result of his actions.
Former Chicago Cubs prospect Josefrailin Alcantara is wanted on murder charges. His baseball career is over.