Sandy Alcantara returned to the big league mound for the Marlins to duel Nick Pivetta and the Phillies last night. Alcantara hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues in more than two months, but he showed in his return that he can compete and dominate at the big league level. The Marlins took two out of three against Philadelphia, as they edged them out in the rubber match 2-1. Alcantara improved to 2-0 on the season after an impressive return to action.
Alcantara has been struggling with fastball command throughout his young career. He proved in last night’s win that he can control his fastball and be a front end of the rotation righty power arm.
Alcantara’s finished stat line in his second career start for the Marlins was very much improved compared to his debut. Alcantara went seven strong innings, allowing just three hits without an earned run. Alcantara walked two while striking out six, his season ERA dropped from 1.80 to 0.75 after the quality start.
In the rubber match against the Phillies, Alcantara threw 97 total pitches with 64 strikes. Alcantara improved his fastball command by a wide margin and leaned on it Wednesday, throwing it for 66 percent of all his pitches. Of the 64 total strikes he threw in the game, 42 came courtesy of the heat.
In Sandy’s first inning of work, he seemed a little shaky with his first pitch strikes. He threw opposing hitters only one first-pitch strike of a total of four Philadelphia batters.
However, in his second inning of work, he looked much more locked in. He went right after hitters throwing four first-pitch strikes to all four batters that were up that inning.
Throughout his outing, he started out a bit unsettled. As the game went on, he managed to settle in and dominate the Phillies. Sandy limited traffic on the base paths by not being generous with the free passes. Sandy walked only two batters in his seven innings of work. That is a huge improvement from his five walked batters in his five innings pitched on June 29th against the Mets.
Sandy’s performance last night was definitely a great step in the right direction for the young power arm. He’s only going to get better as he accumulates more innings pitched in the big leagues while gaining experience and confidence. An electrifying young talent in Sandy Alcantara will be fun to watch in the future.