Married to his wife Yorleni; they have one son, Yorlin...Alcantara is one of 11 children...He has seven sisters and three brothers. He left home at the age of 11 to live with his sister, Aridia, in Santo Domingo to attend better schools and baseball practices...While he was playing in the Arizona Fall League in 2017, his brother, Alexander, was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 17...Alcantara has dedicated his career to his younger brother and tattooed his nickname "Lexi" on his left arm.
Sandy Alcantara (Al-CON-ta-RA) Montero finished his first full season with the Marlins in 2019 without missing a turn through the rotation, posting a 6-14 record with 3.88 ERA (197.1 IP/85 ER) in 32 starts. He held opponents to a .241 average against with 151 strikeouts...His 197.1 innings set a Marlins' rookie record, surpassing Scott Olsen's 180.2 innings in 2006, and the most by a Marlin overall since Nathan Eovaldi tossed 199.2 in 2014. It was also the most by a rookie in the Majors since Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 204.2 frames in 2007, and the most by an NL rookie since 1997, when Matt Morris had 217.0 for St. Louis and Chris Holt had 209.2 for Houston...His 32 starts were the most by a rookie in Club history, besting the previous record of 31 starts held by Brian Meadows in 1998 and Scott Olsen in 2006. They were the most by any Marlins' starter since Dan Straily had 33 in 2017...His ERA and average against also made the Franchise rookie leaderboards. His ERA ranked second behind only José Fernández in 2013 (2.19), and his average against was the thirdlowest mark, trailing Fernández (.182) and Olsen (.239). His average against also ranked 18th among all qualified starters in Club history, the lowest since José Ureña held batters to a .238 average in 2017...Among qualified National League rookies this season, he ranked second in average against, behind Atlanta's Mike Soroka (.236), and third in ERA and strikeouts...He tossed two shutouts (May 19 vs. Mets, September 8 vs. Kansas City). He tied Dontrelle Willis in 2003 for the most shutouts by a rookie in Club history. He became just the eighth rookie pitcher since 2000 to record two shutouts in a season, the first since Mike Montgomery in 2015 for Seattle, and the first NL pitcher since J.A. Happ in 2009 for Philadelphia. His two shutouts in 2019 were tied with Cleveland's Shane Bieber and the White Sox' Lucas Giolito for the most shutouts in the Majors....He allowed just two hits and struck out eight in shutting out the Mets. He needed just 89 pitches, the second-fewest in a 9.0-inning complete game in Club history, behind an 88-pitch outing by Henderson Alvarez in 2014. It was the first shutout for Miami since Edinson Volquez's no-hitter on June 3, 2017 vs. Arizona. He became the first rookie pitcher to toss a shutout since San Francisco's Ty Blach did so on June 2, 2017 at Philadelphia....In his opening start of the season, on March 31 vs. Colorado, tossed a then career-high 8.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six. He retired 18 of the last 19 batters he faced, and was the first Marlins' starter with 8.0 shutout innings and no walks since José Fernández did so on September 20, 2016 vs. Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Alcantara was the second-youngest pitcher (23 years, 205 days) in Club history to toss 8.0 shutout innings; the youngest was Fernández, who did so at 21 years, 272 days on April 29, 2014 vs. Atlanta....Alcantara was Miami's lone representative in this year's All-Star Game at Progressive Field. He became the fifth rookie in Club history to be named an All-Star, joining Alex Gonzalez (1999), Dontrelle Willis (2003), Dan Uggla (2006), and José Fernández (2013). In the All-Star Game on July 9, he came on in relief in the eighth inning and tossed a scoreless frame, allowing just one hit and striking out one....He went 0-2 with a 7.89 ERA (21.2/19) in his first four starts to begin the second half, but bounced back over his final 11 starts of the season, posting a 2-4, 2.78 (74.1/23) line, limiting batters to a .207 average with 62 strikeouts. His ERA from August 5 onward ranked eighth in the National League and his average against was 10th...He worked at least 7.0 innings in 11 outings in 2019, the most by a Marlin since José Fernández did so 13 times in 2016. Miami went 7-4 in those starts and 4-17 in his other outings...Alcantara received an average of 3.06 runs of support per start, by far the lowest in the Majors among qualified pitchers, ahead of the Kansas City's Brad Keller (3.81). It was the third-lowest single-season mark in Franchise history (Nathan Eovaldi, 2.70 in 2014 and Josh Johnson, 2.92 in 2012).
Finished first season in Marlins' system with six Major League starts, posting a 2-3 record and 3.44 ERA (34.0 ip/13 er). In 19 starts at Triple-A New Orleans, went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA (115.2 ip/50 er). Also had three rehab starts at Single-A Jupiter, where he had no record and a 3.97 ERA (11.1/5)...With New Orleans, reached 6.0-innings pitched in 12 of 19 starts, including six of 7.0-or-more. Tossed season-high 8.0 innings on May 17 vs. Round Rock, limiting Express to two runs on five hits...At time of final promotion, ranked seventh in Pacific Coast League in ERA (3.89). Among PCL leaders, ranked second in average against (.246), third in WHIP (1.25), and fewest base runners per 9.0 (11.67)...Had season-high eight strikeouts in season opener on April 7 vs. Nashville (4.2 ip)...In five April starts, limited opponents to one run three times, yet went 0-1. Received first decision, a loss, on April 29 at Nashville. Allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four, over 5.0 innings...In five May starts, posted 3-0 record and 3.15 ERA (34.1/12). Earned first win on May 4 at Omaha, allowing one run and four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 7.0 innings...Two starts later, May 17 at Round Rock, tossed season-high 8.0 innings en-route to second win. Limited Express to two runs and five hits while walking none and striking out three. Followed that start with two 7.0+-inning outings...Made season debut with Miami on June 29, making first Major League start against Mets at Marlins Park. Allowed just one run on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts over 5.0 innings to record first Major League win...The night after his debut, Pablo López made his first career Major League start and also earned a win. The pair became the first set of teammates to earn wins in their first career starts in consecutive days since April 9-10, 2012, when Yu Darvish and Neftali Feliz each made their first career starts with the Rangers. The last National League team to have such a duo was the Reds on April 15-16, 1967 with Gary Nolan and Mel Queen. - Stats LLC...Made one start before being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right axillary infection on July 4 (retro to July 1). Made three rehab starts at Single-A Jupiter, allowing six runs (five earned) over 11.1 innings before being reinstated and optioned to NOLA on August 6... Following return to New Orleans, went 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA (30.2/15)...Recalled by Miami on September 1 and made second start on Sept. 5 vs. Philadelphia. In that start, held Phillies scoreless on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, over a career-high 7.0 innings...Surrendered just two runs over 7.0 innings on September 13 at Citi Field. Allowed two hits and three walks, while tying a career best with six strikeouts. Surrendered just eight hits over first three career starts, marking second-fewest in Marlins history, trailing only Jarlin García, who allowed just five over his first three starts...On September 18 vs. Washington, took first career loss after allowing three runs on six hits with a career-high six walks and three strikeouts over 4.0 innings. With six hits allowed, surrendered a total of 14 hits over first four career starts, equaling Sean West and Josh Beckett for third fewest hits allowed in first four career starts. Jarlin García holds record for fewest hits allowed by a Marlins starter over his first four career starts (10), in front of Brad Hand (13). - Elias...In final start of season, Sept. 30 at the Mets, tied a season/career high with 7.0 innings pitched, holding New York to one run and four hits. Walked two and struck out 10, becoming fourth Marlins starter (third rookie) to record 10+ strikeouts in 2018. Caleb Smith struck out 10 Brewers on April 22 at Miller Park; Trevor Richards recorded 10 strikeouts on April 25 at Dodgers; and Wei-Yin Chen recorded 10 strikeouts on August 25 vs. Atlanta.
Spent majority of season at Double-A Springfield, while also making Major League debut after a September call-up...Established professional highs in wins (7), appearances (33), and innings pitched (133.2)...At Springfield, went 7-5 with 4.31 ERA (125.1 ip/60 er) in 25 appearances (22 starts)...Earned win in first start of season, April 7 at Frisco, allowing just four hits over 6.0 shutout innings. Walked one and struck out four...Struggled over next eight starts, going 1-4 with 8.12 ERA (41.0/37) with 15 walks and 39 strikeouts...Allowed season-high seven runs over 3.2 innings in second start of season, April 13 vs. Frisco. Equaled high over 5.0 frames on May 13 at Arkansas... Finished Double-A campaign going 5-1 with 2.64 ERA (78.1/23) over final 16 appearances (13 starts)...Struck out season-high eight at Tulsa on May 6 and again on August 12 at Corpus Christi...Had contract selected by St. Louis on September 1 and made debut on Sept. 3 at San Francisco...Allowed one run and two hits over 0.2 innings, surrendering eighth-inning leado? home run to Tim Federowicz. Recorded first MLB strikeout three batters later (Buster Posey)...Struck out side on Sept. 15 at Cubs, retiring Jason Heyward, Javier Báez and Ian Happ in the ninth inning...In eight appearances with Cardinals, had no record and 4.32 ERA (8.1/4)...Made five starts for Surprise in Arizona Fall League, going 1-2 with 4.20 ERA (15.0/7)...Made two appearances for Gigantes del Cibao in Dominican Winter League, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.
Made a career-high 23 starts between Peoria (A) and Palm Beach (A)...Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 153 strikeouts and ranked 5th among Cardinals minor leaguers in K/9 IP (11.23)...Ranked 5th among all minor league Class-A level pitchers with 153 strikeouts and 5th in the Midwest League (119)...Ranked among Cardinals minor league pitchers in opponent BA (.225, 3rd) and games started (23, T8th)...Struck out 10 or more batters five times, four in Peoria and once in Palm Beach...Fanned a career-high 14 batters over 6.0 innings at Beloit (5/23) in a no decision on 98 pitches...Pitched 11.0 scoreless innings from 4/21-28...Suffered four losses in Palm Beach despite allowing one run in two of the losses, and allowed just one run in three of six starts...Did not allow a home run to his last 245 total batters faced to finish the season...Rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Led the Gulf Coast League in games started (12), innings pitched (64.1) and total batters faced (267)...ranked among the league leaders in lowest opponent BA (.244, 2nd), strikeouts/9 IP (7.13, 3rd), walks/9 IP (2.80, 3rd) and fewest baserunners/9 IP (11.75, 3rd)...had six starts of 6.0 or more innings with a career high of 7.0 scoreless IP at GCL Marlins (7/3).
Led the Dominican Summer League with nine losses...tied for the league lead with six other pitchers with one complete game (vs. DSL Nationals, 8/21)...ranked 6th among Cardinals minor league pitchers with a .253 opponent BA...earned his first professional win vs. DSL Yankees (6/12) firing 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.