Dominican Sandy Alcántara Unanimously Wins National League Cy Young; surpasses Julio Urías

Dominican right-hander Sandy Alcántara became the first member of the Miami Marlins franchise to win the National League’s Cy Young Award, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced Wednesday. He won it unanimously.

Alcántara outclassed Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mexican left-hander Julio Urías and Atlanta Braves’ American Max Fried to become the third pitcher from the Dominican Republic and the first since 2005 to receive the honor.

“I’m very pleased with the kind of season I’ve been able to have this year,” Alcántara said in a video posted while winning the Players Choice Award for Outstanding Pitcher of the National League. “It’s like I’ve always told the media: my mentality is to be a ‘lion’ on the hill and finish all my starts,” he added.

Cooperstown Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez has won three statuettes over the course of his career. In 1997 he played in the National League with the Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals) and then twice in the American League with the Boston Red Sox (1999-2000). Right-hander Bartolo Colón (2005 in the American League) had been the last Quisqueyan.

Alcántara (14-9, 2.28 ERA) led the major leagues in innings (228.2), complete games (6), and games spanning at least eight innings (14), and finished fourth in strikeouts (207).

His baseball Reference WAR total (8.1) led all baseball pitchers and set a Marlins franchise record, and his 24 quality starts trailed only Yu Darvish’s 25 in his league.

The 27-year-old pitcher had more full games than the other 29 major league teams. The Red Sox staff was second with five behind the Marlins and Alcántara. No pitcher had started and finished as many games as Miami’s young “Ace” since 2016.

In that era of five-inning starters, Alcántara stood out like a unicorn, pitching 23.2 more than any other pitcher in the majors and the most innings since him David Price In 2016 he threw 230.

Here’s another way to look at Alcantara’s accolade: He had 16 starts over seven innings. Fried and Urias combined in just two starts from over seven innings. However, it wasn’t just his skill that made the Dominican a Cy Young winner. His 2.28 ERA ranked second in the National League behind Urías’ 2.16, keeping batsmen at a .212 average.

ESPN’s David Schoenfield contributed to this note.

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