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Player Profile: Sandy Alcantara
Sandy Alcantara is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher. This is one of the first young guys that the Marlins are expecting big things out of. Alcantara has a real shot at being in the rotation when the season starts. Let’s take a look at Alcantara and what he may bring to the Marlins in 2019.
Sandy Alcantara's fastball hovering between 96-98 MPH in his first action this spring. #Marlins
— Wells Dusenbury (@DuseReport) February 23, 2019
Alcantara didn’t even have a cup of coffee in the big leagues last season. He started just 6 games and threw just 34 innings. Alcantara finished 2018 with a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 3.44 and had 30 strikeouts.
More like Sandy AlCANtara.
Marked a career-high 10 Ks today. pic.twitter.com/Hs0p3IsBBL
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 30, 2018
The thing that we tend to see with young pitchers is their inability to locate their pitches. Alcantara is no different. He had 23 walks in those 34 innings. This is not good and has been a problem throughout his minor league career.
I started to discuss how Alcantara has an opportunity to start the season with the Marlins in the rotation. I truly believe this. However, even though this team is in a rebuild, the goal should not be making the team. It should be staying with the team. If Alcantara breaks camp with the Marlins, he will need to take a step forward.
My prediction for Alcantara is an up and down year. I expect him to break camp with the Marlins and pitch for them. However, I don’t think he will stay in the big leagues all season. Whether it is a result of the organization wanting to get different pitchers innings or if it is Alcantara, he will be sent down in 2019. Personally, I believe Alcantara will start and finish the 2019 season with the Marlins. But, there will be trips back down to triple-A to clear a roster spot for another player.
Another strikeout from Sandy Alcantara, again on a low sinking fastball. pic.twitter.com/rbFLWxYoHe
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) February 23, 2019
Alcantara is just 23-years-old, there is still time to put it all together. However, the time is now for him to prove that his arm belongs on this club for the future.