Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Alexander induces a ton of groundballs and gets lefties out, making him a valuable specialist to the Dodgers, but he doesn't miss enough bats to be relevant in standard mixed leagues. His strikeout and walk rates have both been worse than average -- his K-BB rates have ranged from 10.7% to 11% over the past three seasons. The southpaw is one of the top groundball pitchers in the game thanks to his sinker (70.9% groundball rate last season), and a lot of those groundballs are weak dribblers. Alexander's 27.0% soft-contact rate was the third-lowest among qualified relievers. His groundball rate against same-handed hitters was an absurd 84.1%. When exposed to right-handers, Alexander's effectiveness wanes greatly (.286/.373/.439) and those splits put a cap on his ceiling, but Alexander's ability to put out fires with runners on base makes him an attractive piece in leagues that count holds. He led the team by a wide margin last season with 21. Read Past Outlooks
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Returns for World Series
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 23, 2018
Alexander is back on the Dodgers' roster for the World Series.
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Alexander's only career playoff experience came in the NLDS, when he threw one scoreless inning against the Braves. He was replaced on the NLCS roster by Julio Urias but is back for the World Series, taking the place of Caleb Ferguson.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .229 227 55 20 47 7 1 1
Since 2016vs Right .266 408 76 42 96 14 3 7
2018vs Left .172 109 30 9 17 2 1 0
2018vs Right .288 159 26 18 40 7 1 4
2017vs Left .250 81 20 9 18 4 0 1
2017vs Right .244 202 39 19 44 5 1 2
2016vs Left .353 37 5 2 12 1 0 0
2016vs Right .286 47 11 5 12 2 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.97 1.46 78.2 3 4 3 6.6 4.2 0.5
Since 2016Away 3.23 1.19 75.1 4 1 4 8.7 3.0 0.5
2018Home 4.40 1.63 30.2 0 1 1 5.0 4.7 0.9
2018Away 3.06 0.96 35.1 2 0 2 9.9 2.8 0.3
2017Home 2.11 1.25 38.1 3 3 2 7.0 4.0 0.2
2017Away 2.93 1.37 30.2 2 1 2 8.5 3.2 0.6
2016Home 1.86 1.76 9.2 0 0 0 10.2 3.7 0.0
2016Away 4.82 1.50 9.1 0 0 0 4.8 2.9 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Scott Alexander compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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.
K/BB
2.07
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
3.68
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
6.50
 
Strand %
71.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Alexander spent most of the season with the Royals, typically pitching in the seventh inning and earlier while offering an extra arm from the left side for manager Ned Yost. He leaned almost exclusively on his sinker, throwing the pitch more than 80 percent of the time while mixing in occasional two-seamers, four-seamers, sliders and changeups. Although he had a 12.8 percent swinging-strike rate, Alexander had a modest 7.7 K/9 last season, getting the overwhelming majority of his outs on the ground (73.8 percent groundball rate). Fortunately, Alexander offsets his lack of overpowering stuff with his ability to handle hitters on both sides of the plate. He was traded to the Dodgers this winter, and it would not be surprising if he were able to unlock another gear out west, as has been the case with some of their other recent bullpen additions. He should be used in the later innings as part of the bridge to Kenley Jansen.
Alexander delivered a solid performance in 2016 as he split time between Triple-A and the major leagues. During his time in the majors, Alexander posted a respectable 3.32 ERA and 3.79 xFIP. The 27-year-old left-hander was able to have success in part because of his ability to keep the ball on the ground, which was evidenced by his 68.3 percent ground ball rate. Despite Alexander’s respectable ERA in 2016, lefties were able to hit for a .286 batting average against him while righties hit .343. Both of those numbers will need to improve for him in order for him to find a consistent role in the Royals’ bullpen in 2017. Additionally, because Alexander relies much more on getting groundballs than missing bats, he likely be confined to mostly low-leverage situations while fluctuating between to the majors and the minors.
In his first full season with Triple-A Omaha, Alexander was impressive. The left-hander posted a sparkling 2.56 ERA and 1.03 WHIP to go with 14 saves in 63.1 innings. This led to a September callup for Alexander, where he saw some difficulties. He had some control issues, as he walked three batters, hit one and uncorked a wild pitch in only six innings. The 26-year-old had two scoreless outings, but his other two appearances lifted his ERA to 4.50 and his WHIP to 1.33. With the Royals bullpen already housing two left-handers and overall depth, it will be tough for Alexander to crack the 25-man roster, although his success in the minor leagues and spot on the 40-man make him an obvious fill-in option should anyone get hurt.
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Left off NLCS roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 12, 2018
Alexander is not on the Dodgers' NLCS roster against the Brewers, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
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Picks up third save
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 10, 2018
Alexander fired a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season against the Rockies on Sunday.
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Coughs up late lead
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 23, 2018
Alexander gave up a solo home run while striking out one over an inning in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.
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Blows save opportunity
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 14, 2018
Alexander was charged with a blown save after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-2 loss to San Francisco on Monday.
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Lifted from save situation
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 12, 2018
Alexander was charged with an earned run after surrendering a hit and striking out one over a third of an inning in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
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