Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Alexander led the Dodgers in appearances in 2018 with 73 after taking the ball 58 times in 2017. He then made 28 appearances in a little over two months in 2019. Unfortunately, all that work caught up to him. The lefty specialist went down in June with forearm inflammation, and while he was cleared to pick up a baseball again just days after his placement on the IL, Alexander never ended up pitching again during the season. Eventually, it was revealed that Alexander was dealing with nerve and thumb issues on top of his original injury, and the nerve issue in his hand had to be surgically addressed in the offseason. When healthy, Alexander can ride his sinker to a groundball rate north of 70%, albeit with an ultra-low strikeout rate. If he looks himself in spring training, expect Alexander to break camp with a fairly prominent role, one conducive to earning holds and maybe a handful of wins if you're lucky. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Dodgers in December of 2019.
Optioned off roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 2, 2020
Alexander was optioned to the Dodgers' secondary training site Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Alexander owns a strong 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings of relief this season, though it comes with a rather worrisome 9:9 K:BB. The lefty should have a good chance to return to the active roster at some point down the stretch, but he'll make way for Walker Buehler (hand) for now, who returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Scott Alexander generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Scott Alexander generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-83%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-61%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .200 166 39 15 30 3 1 3
Since 2018vs Right .268 230 35 28 53 9 2 5
2020vs Left .056 22 5 4 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .333 30 4 5 8 0 0 1
2019vs Left .364 35 4 2 12 1 0 2
2019vs Right .143 41 5 5 5 2 1 0
2018vs Left .172 109 30 9 17 2 1 0
2018vs Right .288 159 26 18 40 7 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-77%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.15 1.55 43.1 2 1 1 5.4 4.8 1.0
Since 2018Away 3.10 1.13 52.1 5 2 2 8.3 3.4 0.5
2020Home 5.40 1.80 5.0 0 0 0 7.2 10.8 1.8
2020Away 1.23 1.23 7.1 2 0 0 6.1 3.7 1.2
2019Home 2.35 1.04 7.2 2 0 0 5.9 1.2 1.2
2019Away 4.66 1.66 9.2 1 2 0 3.7 5.6 0.9
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
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
1.00
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
6.6
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
2.92
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.214
 
GB/FB
12.00
 
Left On Base
78.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.6%
 
Spin Rate
2191 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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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.
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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Credited with win
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 16, 2020
Alexander (1-0) allowed one run on three hits over two innings to earn the win Sunday versus the Angels.
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Makes season debut
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 27, 2020
Alexander (undisclosed) worked around a walk to deliver a scoreless eighth inning Sunday in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Giants.
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Makes 30-man roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
Not Injury Related
July 23, 2020
Alexander (undisclosed) is part of the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.
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Throws to live hitters
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
Undisclosed
July 21, 2020
Alexander (undisclosed) tossed a simulated inning Monday, but his status for Opening Day remains in question, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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Arrives at camp Tuesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 14, 2020
Alexander (undisclosed) arrived at Dodgers camp Monday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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