Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
60-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 8/23/2019
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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Moves to 60-day injured list
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 2, 2019
Alexander (forearm) shifted to the 60-day injured list Friday.
The move has little effect on Alexander's return timeline, as he's already been out for nearly 60 days with left forearm inflammation. He doesn't appear to be particularly close to a return to action. The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster for Dustin May.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .230 225 54 20 47 7 1 3
Since 2017vs Right .251 402 70 42 89 14 3 6
2019vs Left .364 35 4 2 12 1 0 2
2019vs Right .143 41 5 5 5 2 1 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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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 3.05 1.38 76.2 5 4 3 6.1 4.0 0.6
Since 2017Away 3.21 1.22 75.2 5 3 4 8.6 3.3 0.5
2019Home 2.35 1.04 7.2 2 0 0 5.9 1.2 1.2
2019Away 4.66 1.66 9.2 1 2 0 3.7 5.6 0.9
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
92.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
Spin Rate
2265 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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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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Remains shut down
PLos Angeles Dodgers
July 20, 2019
Alexander remains shut down with nerve and thumb issues, Ken Gurnick of reports.
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Out through All-Star break
PLos Angeles Dodgers
June 28, 2019
Alexander is now dealing with a thumb issue in addition to his arm issue and he will not return until after the All-Star break, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Prepping for rehab assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers
June 25, 2019
Alexander (forearm) will face hitters at the Dodgers' spring training facility this week in preparation for a rehab assignment, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers
June 18, 2019
Alexander (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment next week, Ken Gurnick of reports.
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Resumes throwing program
PLos Angeles Dodgers
June 15, 2019
Alexander (forearm) will do some light throwing Saturday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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