Former Cubs prospect, 18, wanted in connection with fatal shooting in Dominican Republic: reports
Josefrailin Alcántara, an outfielder who recently played in the Chicago Cubs minor league system, is reportedly wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the Dominican Republic.
Alcántara, 18, is accused of shooting and killing a friend over a dispute over $2,700, according to Diario Libre of the Dominican Republic. Police in the Dominican Republic have been searching for Alcántara since May 19, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police said Alcántara was shot in the hand and then treated at a medical center before disappearing.
Alcántara, from Santiago, signed with the Cubs in 2022 for a reported $500,000. He played as a 17 year old for the Dominican Summer League team Cubs Blue. He appeared in 40 games and had a 1.36 batting average with two home runs, two doubles and three triples.
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The Cubs told the Chicago Tribune that he was recently released for breaking team rules.
“We were made aware of an investigation into a death involving one of our former minor league players, who left the team due to suspension and was later released following notification by authorities in the Dominican Republic,” Julian Green, senior VP of communications for the team, told the outlet. “We cannot provide further comment until we have additional details.”
Alcántara’s cousin, Diego Anibal Rodriguez Martinez, was allegedly in the back of the vehicle when the murders occurred and was arrested on Wednesday, according to reports.