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Ex-Cubs prospect, 18, wanted in fatal shooting in Dominican Republic: report


Josefrailin Alcántara, an outfielder who recently played in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the Dominican Republic.

Alcántara, 18, was charged with shooting and killing his friend over a dispute over more than $2,700, according to the Dominican Republic’s Diario Libre. Dominican Republic police have been searching for Alcántara since May 19, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Police said Alcántara was shot in the hand and later treated at a medical center before disappearing.

Alcántara, from Santiago, signed with the Cubs in 2022 for $500,000. He played at age 17 for the Dominican Summer League team, the Blue Cubs. 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 due to a violation of team rules.

“We have been made aware of a death investigation involving one of our former minor league players, who was absent from the squad due to suspension and was subsequently released following notification from the authorities of the Dominican Republic,” said Julian Green, senior vice president. communications for the team, told the outlet. “We cannot provide further comment until we have additional details.”

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Alcántara’s cousin, Diego Anibal Rodriguez Martinez, was reportedly in the back of the vehicle when the murder took place and was arrested on Wednesday, according to reports.

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