Behind The Breakout: Sandy Alcantara
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Not all breakouts happen in the same manner. For instance, Sandy Alcantara owns a 5-12 record this year with a 4.04 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. While the numbers do not jump off the page, considering the environment in 2019 along with Alcantara’s rookie status, they’re solid. He’s recorded an 18 percent strikeout rate with a 10.7 walk percentage. Alcantara’s improved upon his O-Swing percentage (swings and misses outside the strike zone) while keeping his swinging strike rate and contact yielded in line with his numbers from last season.
What gets one’s attention, Alcantara fired his second complete game shutout on September 8th giving up four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts on 102 pitches. Along with Alcantara, only Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber own two complete-game shutouts in 2019. While perusing Alcantara’s last six starts spanning his last 30 days statistics, he’s only won one decision with a 2.72 ERA, 38:15 K:BB and 0.91 WHIP his last 43.2 innings.