Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Alexander induces a ton of groundballs and gets lefties out, making him a valuable specialist to the Dodgers and an attractive piece in leagues that count holds. He led the team by a wide margin last season with 21. However, he doesn't miss enough bats to be relevant in standard-scoring mixed leagues. His strikeout and walk rates have both been worse than average -- his K-BB rates have ranged from 10.7% to 11% over the past three seasons. The southpaw is one of the top groundball pitchers in the game thanks to his sinker (70.9% groundball rate last season), and a lot of those groundballs are weak dribblers. Alexander's 27.0% soft-contact rate was the third-lowest among qualified relievers. His groundball rate against same-handed hitters was an absurd 84.1%. When exposed to right-handers, Alexander's effectiveness wanes greatly (.286/.373/.439) and those splits put a cap on his upside. Read Past Outlooks
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Picks up win Wednesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 4, 2019
Alexander (1-0) picked up the win against the Giants on Wednesday, retiring both batters he faced in relief, striking out one of them as the Dodgers prevailed 5-3.
Coming on in relief of Ross Stripling, Alexander ended up getting credited with the Wednesday win after his teammates got to Reyes Moronta for a pair of runs. The left-hander hasn't given up a run in any of his four appearances so far this year and should see plenty of opportunities in setup duty for Kenley Jansen this season coming off a 2018 campaign that saw him post 21 holds in 73 appearances.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .212 209 54 19 40 7 1 1
Since 2017vs Right .258 377 69 38 86 12 2 6
2019vs Left .278 19 4 1 5 1 0 0
2019vs Right .143 16 4 1 2 0 0 0
2018vs Left .172 109 30 9 17 2 1 0
2018vs Right .288 159 26 18 40 7 1 4
2017vs Left .250 81 20 9 18 4 0 1
2017vs Right .244 202 39 19 44 5 1 2
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Since 2017Home 2.89 1.35 74.2 4 4 3 6.3 4.0 0.5
Since 2017Away 2.97 1.18 69.2 4 1 4 9.2 3.1 0.4
2019Home 0.00 0.53 5.2 1 0 0 7.9 0.0 0.0
2019Away 2.45 1.64 3.2 0 0 0 7.4 4.9 0.0
2018Home 4.40 1.63 30.2 0 1 1 5.0 4.7 0.9
2018Away 3.06 0.96 35.1 2 0 2 9.9 2.8 0.3
2017Home 2.11 1.25 38.1 3 3 2 7.0 4.0 0.2
2017Away 2.93 1.37 30.2 2 1 2 8.5 3.2 0.6
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How does Scott Alexander compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Alexander spent most of the season with the Royals, typically pitching in the seventh inning and earlier while offering an extra arm from the left side for manager Ned Yost. He leaned almost exclusively on his sinker, throwing the pitch more than 80 percent of the time while mixing in occasional two-seamers, four-seamers, sliders and changeups. Although he had a 12.8 percent swinging-strike rate, Alexander had a modest 7.7 K/9 last season, getting the overwhelming majority of his outs on the ground (73.8 percent groundball rate). Fortunately, Alexander offsets his lack of overpowering stuff with his ability to handle hitters on both sides of the plate. He was traded to the Dodgers this winter, and it would not be surprising if he were able to unlock another gear out west, as has been the case with some of their other recent bullpen additions. He should be used in the later innings as part of the bridge to Kenley Jansen.
Alexander delivered a solid performance in 2016 as he split time between Triple-A and the major leagues. During his time in the majors, Alexander posted a respectable 3.32 ERA and 3.79 xFIP. The 27-year-old left-hander was able to have success in part because of his ability to keep the ball on the ground, which was evidenced by his 68.3 percent ground ball rate. Despite Alexander’s respectable ERA in 2016, lefties were able to hit for a .286 batting average against him while righties hit .343. Both of those numbers will need to improve for him in order for him to find a consistent role in the Royals’ bullpen in 2017. Additionally, because Alexander relies much more on getting groundballs than missing bats, he likely be confined to mostly low-leverage situations while fluctuating between to the majors and the minors.
In his first full season with Triple-A Omaha, Alexander was impressive. The left-hander posted a sparkling 2.56 ERA and 1.03 WHIP to go with 14 saves in 63.1 innings. This led to a September callup for Alexander, where he saw some difficulties. He had some control issues, as he walked three batters, hit one and uncorked a wild pitch in only six innings. The 26-year-old had two scoreless outings, but his other two appearances lifted his ERA to 4.50 and his WHIP to 1.33. With the Royals bullpen already housing two left-handers and overall depth, it will be tough for Alexander to crack the 25-man roster, although his success in the minor leagues and spot on the 40-man make him an obvious fill-in option should anyone get hurt.
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Returns for World Series
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 23, 2018
Alexander is back on the Dodgers' roster for the World Series.
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Left off NLCS roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 12, 2018
Alexander is not on the Dodgers' NLCS roster against the Brewers, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
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Picks up third save
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 10, 2018
Alexander fired a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season against the Rockies on Sunday.
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Coughs up late lead
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 23, 2018
Alexander gave up a solo home run while striking out one over an inning in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.
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Blows save opportunity
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 14, 2018
Alexander was charged with a blown save after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-2 loss to San Francisco on Monday.
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