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
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in July of 2013.
Fires two-hit shutout
PMiami Marlins
May 19, 2019
Alcantara (2-4) twirled a shutout Sunday, yielding one walk and two hits while striking out eight in a win over the Mets.
Alcantara was dynamite Sunday, forcing three double plays before the Mets could get any momentum against him. He needed just 89 pitches to finish off the game, notching a season-high strikeout total in the process. The 23-year-old righty dropped his ERA to 4.25 in 53 innings this season. Alcantara will look to ride this momentum in Washington on Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 237 30 33 50 9 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .236 175 46 20 35 9 0 5
2019vs Left .269 137 16 16 32 5 0 5
2019vs Right .241 90 20 8 19 4 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
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ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 3.67 1.35 54.0 4 4 0 7.3 4.0 0.5
Since 2017Away 4.35 1.57 41.1 0 3 0 7.0 6.3 1.7
2019Home 4.05 1.14 33.1 2 3 0 7.6 1.9 0.5
2019Away 4.58 1.88 19.2 0 1 0 3.7 7.8 1.8
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
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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 this season's data (min 40 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.
95.3 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
Spin Rate
2237 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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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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Falters in sixth inning
PMiami Marlins
May 11, 2019
Alcantara (1-4) took the loss against the Mets on Saturday by allowing four runs on eight hits across 5.2 innings. He struck out one and walked two.
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Walks six in shaky start
PMiami Marlins
May 6, 2019
Alcantara threw five innings Monday, allowing three runs on four hits and six walks in a win over the Cubs. He struck out five and took the no-decision.
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Hit hard by Indians
PMiami Marlins
April 30, 2019
Alcantara (1-3) allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks across 5.1 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Indians.
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Looks sharp versus Indians
PMiami Marlins
April 24, 2019
Alcantara allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and four walks in a no-decision against the Indians on Wednesday.
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Surrenders five earned
PMiami Marlins
April 17, 2019
Alcantara (1-2) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Cubs.
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