Cubs- Down On The Farm: Adbert Alzolay

Player: Adbert Alzolay

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher

Height: 6’0 Weight: 179 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa Rank: 6th in Cubs System

Signed: November 28, 2012

Hometown: Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

Alzolay signed for $10,000 as a 17-year old in 2012 and led the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League with a 1.07 ERA in his pro debut the next year. Alzolay has spent a while working his way up the Cubs system. He got up to AA Tennessee by the end of 2017 and became one of the top rated Cubs prospects. Since then he’s dealt with some injury issues (lats, obliques, biceps). He made his MLB debut last season; pitching 12.1 innings, including 2 starts with a record of 1-1 and a 7.30 ERA. Although he struggled in his short time up in 2019, he was only getting his feet wet and shouldn’t be judged too much off of that small sample size.

Scouting Grades

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Alzolay’s repertoire consists of a pair of plus pitches in his fastball and curveball. His fastball sits at 92-96 mph and tops out at 98 with some running action. His curveball is in the low 80s and has good depth. His changeup is the pitch that will dictate whether he can be a successful starter or if he’ll be put into the bullpen. His changeup was effective during his short stint in the MLB last year, his problems more so revolved around locating his other two pitches. Alzolay is also a flyball pitcher, which hurt him a bit last year in the majors as he gave up four long balls. Alzolay’s path to the starting rotation requires the continued improvement of his changeup as well as control of his fastball. His fastball and curveball are definitely good enough in terms off velocity in and movement to play at the big league level.

Adbert Alzolay Stats

Published by Will McClaughry

Sports fan, data enthusiast and former division 3 college basketball player

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