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 and an attractive piece in leagues that count holds. He led the team by a wide margin last season with 21. However, he doesn't miss enough bats to be relevant in standard-scoring 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 upside. Read Past Outlooks
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Nursing tight left hip
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Hip
May 12, 2019
Alexander has been recently dealing with left hip tightness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Alexander failed to record an out in each of his past two outings, though both appearances were limited to one batter. The 29-year-old believes he sustained the injury while compensating for the hamstring injury he dealt with at the start of May. Alexander should be considered day-to-day for now, and it's unclear if he's available out of the bullpen Sunday versus the Nationals.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .225 220 54 19 45 7 1 2
Since 2017vs Right .254 392 70 40 88 14 2 6
2019vs Left .345 30 4 1 10 1 0 1
2019vs Right .148 31 5 3 4 2 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.97 1.37 75.2 4 4 3 6.2 3.9 0.5
Since 2017Away 3.18 1.19 73.2 5 2 4 8.8 3.2 0.5
2019Home 1.35 0.90 6.2 1 0 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
2019Away 4.70 1.57 7.2 1 1 0 4.7 4.7 1.2
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
2.25
 
K/9
5.7
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
92.9 mph
 
ERA
3.14
 
WHIP
1.26
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
6.20
 
Left On Base
78.3%
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.3%
 
Spin Rate
2262 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.1%
 
Swinging Strike
9.1%
 
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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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Appears to be OK
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Hamstring
May 3, 2019
Alexander no longer appears to be dealing with a hamstring injury, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Nursing injury
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Hamstring
May 2, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said Alexander was unavailable for Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Giants due to a tight hamstring, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Picks up win Wednesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 4, 2019
Alexander (1-0) picked up the win against the Giants on Wednesday, retiring both batters he faced in relief, striking out one of them as the Dodgers prevailed 5-3.
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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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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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