Sandy Alcantara
Sandy Alcantara
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Miami Marlins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Alcantara has one pitch right now, but it is a very lively pitch. His fastball touches 100 and it is overpowering when batter aren't sitting on it. The problem is his other pitches are nowhere near the quality of the fastball, and their inconsistency coupled with his spotty control led to the results we saw in 2018. We know his secondary pitches are lagging behind his fastball when we see a strikeout rate that belies the velocity he brings from the mound. He is also barely over 23 years old and has 42 more innings of work at the major-league level than 98% of 23-year-olds in organized baseball. This is the kind of pitcher you want to keep at arm's length in reset leagues in 2019 but need to get on board with in keeper and dynasty leagues and ride out the bumps as his stuff comes together. Read Past Outlooks
Outdeuled in unfortunate loss
PMiami Marlins
September 30, 2018
Alcantara (2-3) tossed seven innings and took the loss Sunday, yielding one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 in the loss to the Mets.
Alcantara turned in the best outing of his career Sunday, including a career-high 10 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Noah Syndergaard completely shut down the Miami offense, throwing a complete game shutout. The rookie righty ends the 2018 season with a 3.44 ERA across 34 innings, and he'll likely begin 2019 with a spot in the Marlins' rotation.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .222 100 14 17 18 4 0 1
Since 2016vs Right .232 85 26 12 16 5 0 4
2018vs Left .190 79 10 14 12 3 0 1
2018vs Right .241 67 20 9 13 5 0 2
2017vs Left .333 21 4 3 6 1 0 0
2017vs Right .200 18 6 3 3 0 0 2
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 3.05 1.69 20.2 2 1 0 7.0 7.4 0.4
Since 2016Away 4.15 1.29 21.2 0 2 0 10.0 5.0 1.7
2018Home 2.25 1.56 16.0 2 1 0 6.2 7.3 0.0
2018Away 4.50 1.28 18.0 0 2 0 9.5 5.0 1.5
2017Home 5.79 2.14 4.2 0 0 0 9.6 7.7 1.9
2017Away 2.45 1.36 3.2 0 0 0 12.3 4.9 2.5
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Sandy Alcantara compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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
Dealt to the Marlins as one of the two headliners (along with Magneuris Sierra) for Marcell Ozuna, Alcantara has an arm that's easy to dream on. He has an athletic 6-foot-4 frame, can reach back for 101 mph on his fastball when needed, and won't turn 23 until September. His warts are fairly obvious -- his two breaking balls are very inconsistent and his command/control has a long way to go before he comfortably projects as a long-term starter. However, the trade to Miami will give him a legitimate chance to fix those issues over the next couple years, as he would have likely been fast-tracked to the big-league bullpen had he remained with the Cardinals. Alcantara's changeup projects as a plus pitch, so there is more to work with here than just elite fastball velocity. At worst, he will be a high-strikeout setup man in the Dellin Betances mold. If one of his breaking balls emerges as a legitimate weapon and he improves his command, he could still end up as a No. 1 or No. 2 starter.
Every couple years the Cardinals seem to have an uber-projectable righty turning heads in the lower levels of their system. Sometimes that pitcher turns into Tyrell Jenkins, and sometimes that pitcher develops into Alex Reyes. Alcantara seems to have more in common with Reyes, as he boasts a similar 80-grade fastball that touches triple digits and can sit comfortably around 96 mph. He has a long way to go before he projects to pitch atop a rotation, however, as the command and secondary offerings leave a lot to be desired. His 6-foot-4, 170-pound frame has room to comfortably add mass without sacrificing the electricity that makes him special, and the hope is that this would lead to improved command. Alcantara's changeup is his best secondary offering, already serving as an average pitch. If his curveball can develop into an out pitch in the coming years, then the rest of the ingredients are here for a monster pitcher. This frontline upside is what separates him from some of the more polished arms in the Cardinals' organization.
Alcantara remained at the rookie level for his second professional season, this time pitching stateside after spending 2014 in the Dominican Summer League, and the results were generally strong in 12 starts for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. While the strikeouts were down from the previous season, with his K/9 falling from 8.7 to 7.1, he also cut down on the walks and was once again able to limit the longball. In fact, in 121 innings so far as a professional (514 batters faced), Alcantara has surrendered just four home runs thanks to a 1.90 GB/FB. He has a long, slender frame at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, which is the kind of build many scouts like for a future MLB starter, but it would be nice to see the 20-year-old fill out a bit in the coming years to ease durability concerns. Alcantara figures to receive his first full-season assignment in 2016.
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Allows six vs. Nats
PMiami Marlins
September 24, 2018
Alcantara (2-2) surrendered six runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out three over four innings, taking the loss Monday against Washington.
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Issues too many free passes
PMiami Marlins
September 18, 2018
Alcantara (2-1) gave up three runs on six hits and six walks while striking out three in four innings Tuesday against the Nationals. He took the loss.
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Strong in no-decision
PMiami Marlins
September 13, 2018
Alcantara pitched seven innings Thursday, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in a 4-3 loss to the Mets during Game 1 of a doubleheader. He struck out six and gave up a homer in the no-decision.
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Shuts down Phillies in win
PMiami Marlins
September 5, 2018
Alcantara (2-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Phillies, scattering three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out six.
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Added to six-man rotation
PMiami Marlins
September 3, 2018
Alcantara will join the Miami rotation and start Wednesday against the Phillies, Wells Dusenbury of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
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