It’s hard to look at a 6-14 pitching record and get excited about a player’s production for the coming season, but this is Sandy Alcantara and he is ready to stake his claim to becoming the Marlins No. 1 starter in the rotation.
The chance for Alcantara to turn his career record around starts this season and should be backed by a better lineup for 2020. When Alcantara was in control of his pitches and his location was at its best, he was one of the more dominant pitchers in the National League.
Things figure to be better in his second season working with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. With Caleb Smith in the No. 2 slot, the Marlins walk into the new season with their fourth and fifth starters from last season moving to the front of the line. That’s as impressive a showing as anything this rotation has offered from last season.