Stat of the Day: Could Arismendy Alcantara’s Strikeouts Keep Him Out Of The Lineup?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did you Know:
The Cubs’ Arismendy Alcantara owned the highest strikeout rate in September:

  1. Arismendy Alcantara – 41.4%
  2. Javier Baez – 40.7%
  3. Ryan Howard – 39.1%

Thoughts:
The issues of Baez and Howard are well documented, but Alcantara’s strikeout problem has flown relatively under the radar. He has a chance to win the second or third base job, and he brings both power and speed, but can he make consistent contact?

He did post an overall 31.0% strikeout rate in the Majors, so it shouldn’t be shocking. The more troubling thing may be the breakdown of his strikeouts and the pitches they came against:

  • Hard – 17
  • Breaking – 14
  • Offspeed – 5

In other words, it wasn’t that pitchers were simply throwing him breaking balls or offspeed pitches to exploit an aggressive young hitter. They were simply able to beat him with fastballs.

That is not an encouraging notion and helps to explain why the Cubs made moves seemingly to remove him from the regular lineup. Obviously there’s potential, but he needs to do a much better job of making contact if he wants to utilize it.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

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