Of the Miami Marlins current starting five, Sandy Alcantara is the likeliest to remain with the club until the 2023 season.
Of the series of trades that “set the table” for future Miami Marlins playoff runs, the Marcell Ozuna deal has stood out as likely the best. Alcantara joined the Marlins system along with Zac Gallen, Magneuris Sierra, and Daniel Castano. Gallen was later flipped for shortstop Jazz Chisholm, speed-demon Sierra remains a possibility to join the club out of camp this season, and Castano is just a season away.
Alcantara is a six-foot-four, 170 lb. right-hander from Azua, DR. Still just 24-years-old, the 2019 Marlins All Star representative is entering his fourth major league campaign. After his middling Marlins debut in 2018 saw him walk 23 batters in only 34 innings, he seemed to have turned the corner in his 2019 campaign.
Alcantara was 6-14 with a 3.88 ERA for the Miami Marlins last season, leading the National League in losses. He struck out 151 in 197 1/3 innings, along with a 1.318 WHIP and a much-improved 3.7 BB/9.
Sandy is reliant on a five-pitch mix, with a four-seam fastball (30 percent), a sinker (28 percent), a slider (22 percent), a changeup (12 percent) and an occasional curveball (nine percent). His sinker, in particular, resides in the top two percent of the majors in horizontal break vs. average according to Baseball Savant.