Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in May of 2022.
Opening again Sunday
PSan Francisco Giants  
October 1, 2022
Alexander will serve as the opener Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
Alexander threw 1.1 scoreless innings to begin Saturday's game against Arizona, and he'll likely pitch a similar amount Sunday. The Giants are poised to throw a bullpen game, and Sean Hjelle is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to fill a long-relief role for the contest.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Scott Alexander generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
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 2020
 
 
-58%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-60%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-49%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-83%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .129 90 20 4 11 2 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .309 92 7 10 25 2 0 2
2022vs Left .107 28 8 0 3 0 0 0
2022vs Right .265 35 2 1 9 2 0 1
2021vs Left .179 40 7 0 7 2 0 2
2021vs Right .348 27 1 4 8 0 0 0
2020vs Left .056 22 5 4 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .333 30 4 5 8 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-77%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-77%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.57 1.37 22.2 0 1 1 4.4 3.2 1.2
Since 2020Away 0.81 0.85 22.1 2 1 1 6.4 2.4 0.8
2022Home 0.90 0.80 10.0 0 0 1 4.5 0.0 0.0
2022Away 1.23 0.68 7.1 0 0 1 6.1 1.2 1.2
2021Home 5.87 1.83 7.2 0 1 0 2.3 2.3 2.3
2021Away 0.00 0.65 7.2 0 1 0 7.0 2.3 0.0
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
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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
10.00
 
K/9
5.2
 
BB/9
0.5
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
1.04
 
WHIP
0.75
 
BABIP
.221
 
GB/FB
9.75
 
Left On Base
94.8%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2114 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.7%
 
Swinging Strike
11.7%
 
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Alexander has a role in the Dodgers' bullpen which serves them well --generating groundballs. He has a career 70.9 GB% over six seasons at the big-league level as the league simply struggles to elevate his pitches. Ideally, Alexander would work in a LOOGY capacity, but the league eliminated that role with the three-batter minimum rule which appears to be here to stay, forcing him to pitch to righties. There is an 80-point difference in his OPS vs. lefties (.630) and righties (.710) in his career, so that limits any further upside along with his issue with walks. Worse yet, he has a near-zero K-BB% over the past two seasons which all but negates any future in a high-leverage role. There are better options, even if you're desperate for some holds.
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.
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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Serving as opener Saturday
PSan Francisco Giants  
October 1, 2022
Alexander will serve as the opener for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Scoreless inning as opener
PSan Francisco Giants  
September 25, 2022
Alexander did not factor into the decision in one inning as the opener Sunday against Arizona. He allowed one hit and did not allow a walk or a run.
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Slated to open Sunday
PSan Francisco Giants  
September 24, 2022
Alexander will start Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks as the opener, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Secures second save
PSan Francisco Giants  
September 20, 2022
Alexander earned a save against the Rockies on Monday, striking out one batter in a perfect 10th inning.
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Picks up tough save
PSan Francisco Giants  
September 12, 2022
Alexander earned a save against Atlanta on Monday, allowing one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings.
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