Sandy Alcantara
Sandy Alcantara
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Miami Marlins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps no individual stat stands out in Alcantara's profile at first glance, but he's posted a 3.62 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across his last 32 regular-season starts. In 2020, he continued to tack on velocity, adding at least one mile per hour to each of his fastball, sinker and slider. That, at least in part, allowed him to post a 14.0 K-BB% rate across 42 innings, nearly doubling his previous best mark. Even so, Alcantara's reliance on his sinker means his primary approach to getting outs remains via the groundball. This was highlighted in 2020, as he threw his sinker at a 35% clip, induced a 49.1% groundball rate and surrendered 0.9 HR/9. The downside to that approach is modest swing-and-miss, despite possessing elite velocity. To take another step forward, Alcantara will need to get more punchouts, which could occur as he continues to develop his secondary offerings, particularly his slider and changeup. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#135
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Marlins in March of 2018.
Whiffs 10 in no-decision
PMiami Marlins
August 1, 2021
Alcantara allowed two hits and a walk while striking out 10 over seven innings in a no-decision versus the Yankees on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old put together a stellar performance in the series finale -- arguably his best of the year -- but Anthony Bass and Richard Bleier wasted it by combining to allow a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Alcantara lowered his ERA to 3.12 with a 1.12 WHIP and 120:39 K:BB through 132.2 innings across 22 starts. The right-hander projects for a risky start in Colorado next week.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
95
Last 5 Games
92
How many pitches does Sandy Alcantara generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .249 791 135 83 175 37 2 27
Since 2019vs Right .219 736 165 51 146 37 1 12
2021vs Left .237 253 43 23 54 13 0 8
2021vs Right .219 264 67 15 53 10 1 4
2020vs Left .268 83 20 11 19 7 0 3
2020vs Right .190 89 19 4 16 1 0 1
2019vs Left .253 455 72 49 102 17 2 16
2019vs Right .226 383 79 32 77 26 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-65%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.74 1.19 180.1 5 14 0 7.6 2.8 0.9
Since 2019Away 3.45 1.31 177.1 10 11 0 7.0 3.8 1.0
2021Home 2.87 1.01 62.2 1 4 0 8.2 2.2 0.9
2021Away 3.71 1.30 63.0 5 5 0 7.6 3.3 0.9
2020Home 4.09 1.41 22.0 1 2 0 6.1 3.3 1.2
2020Away 1.42 0.87 12.2 2 0 0 10.7 3.6 0.7
2019Home 4.23 1.26 95.2 3 8 0 7.6 3.2 0.9
2019Away 3.54 1.37 101.2 3 6 0 6.2 4.2 1.2
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
2.89
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
97.7 mph
 
ERA
3.29
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
2.22
 
Left On Base
70.4%
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2255 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
12.7%
 
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It didn't show in his surface stats, but Alcantara had an improved second half, often a harbinger for taking the next step for a young pitcher. Specifically, Alcantara's K-BB% more than doubled after the break, though an 11.6% mark still has room for improvement as even the second half strikeout and walk rates were below average. Armed with a 96-mph four-seamer, Alcantara needs to develop better secondary offerings, especially something offspeed as the delta between all his pitches isn't ample to keep hitters off balance. With time and a great pitcher's park on his side, Alcantara is a strong speculation play to make the leap. Count durability as a plus as well, with Alcantara's 197.1 innings ranking 17th last season. Until he displays a higher strikeout rate, Alcantara is best suited as a streaming option, especially at home. However, there are latent signs of a breakout, so he's worth the shot.
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.
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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Picks up win in quality start
PMiami Marlins
July 28, 2021
Alcantara (6-9) earned the win Tuesday at Baltimore after allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk across six innings.
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Rejoins active roster
PMiami Marlins
July 25, 2021
The Marlins reinstated Alcantara (personal) from the bereavement list ahead of Sunday's game against the Padres, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Lands on bereavement list
PMiami Marlins
Not Injury Related
July 20, 2021
Alcantara was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Short start versus Phillies
PMiami Marlins
July 16, 2021
Alcantara (5-9) gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out three over three innings in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies. He took the loss.
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Short outing against Dodgers
PMiami Marlins
July 8, 2021
Alcantara (5-8) allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five across four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Dodgers.
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