27. Sandy Alcantara — Miami Marlins
Yes, Alcantara led the National League with 14 losses. And yes, his high walk rate (3.7 BB9) and low strikeout rate (6.9 SO9) remain problems. However, Alcantara’s improvement towards the end of last season should encourage Marlins’ fans. Over the last two months of the season, Miami’s ace utilized his sinker on 40-50 percent of his pitches — compared to just 10 percent in July. As a result, less balls were put in play against the young pitcher. And when they were, Alcantara saw an increase in ground-balls. With another year of improvement, Alcantara may begin to realize his vast potential.
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