Gilberto Alcala

GILBERTO ALCALA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 3, 2002
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Alcala signed for a relatively large bonus in 2019, but wasn’t able to pitch in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic and then injuries.  At the time he signed, he was reaching as high as 93 mph with his fastball, and also throws a curve and change.

2020
DNP

2021
INJURED

2022
DSL:  0-0-0, 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 25.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.4 K/9

Alcala was in extended spring training in 2022, which usually would mean an assignment to the FCL, but the Pirates sent him to the DSL instead.  He pitched very well there in eight starts, with good numbers across the board.  Opponents hit just 190/277/240 against him.  Alcala finished strongly; in three August starts, he gave up just a .379 OPS.

Alcala most likely will be in the FCL in 2023, but it’s not inconceivable that the Pirates could push him up to Bradenton.  He’ll be eligible for Rule 5 after the season.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $450,000
MiLB Debut: 2022
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.