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Adbert Alzolay
Trending: ↑ 145%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 208LBS | Age: 25

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 1 7.30 4 2 0 12.1 13 1.78
1 Season 1 1 7.30 4 2 0 12.1 13 1.78
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 4 1-1 7.30 12.1 13 1.78
1 Season 4 1-1 7.30 12.1 13 1.78

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 CHC NL 60 1 1 7.30 4 2 0 12.1 13 10 10 4 9 13 1.78
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

Nearly 18 when he signed out of Venezuela for $10,000 in 2012, Alzolay led the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League with a 1.07 ERA in his pro debut the following year. He had sporadic success the next three years before emerging as the Cubs' best prospect at the end of 2017. They hoped he would contribute in Chicago soon afterward but lat, side and biceps issues limited him to 120 1/3 innings during the next two years, including just 12 1/3 in the big leagues.

When he's healthy and keeps his mechanics in sync, Alzolay has a pair of plus pitches in his fastball and curveball. His heater sits at 92-96 mph and reaches 98 with running action, while his curveball parks in the low 80s with good depth. His changeup actually was his most effective pitch during his first taste of the Majors, though it's usually more of an average offering with ordinary life and deception.

Alzolay has a track record of throwing strikes but features some effort in his delivery that costs him command. That can be dangerous because he's an extreme fly-ball pitcher, and big league hitters tagged him for four homers in his brief stint last year. The Cubs praise his makeup and work ethic and still envision him cracking their rotation in the near future.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

A late bloomer in Venezuela, Alzolay was nearly 18 when he signed in 2012 and commanded just a $10,000 bonus. He led the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League with a 1.07 ERA in his 2013 pro debut yet didn't really break out until four years later, when he emerged as Chicago's best prospect by the end of 2017. The Cubs expected him to contribute at the big league level last year but he made just eight starts before his season ended with a lat injury.

Alzolay improved once he added strength and started doing a better job of using his legs in his delivery. He now operates at 92-96 mph and can hit 98 with running action on his fastball. His curveball has gotten quicker as well and now sits in the low 80s with good depth.

In order to succeed as a starter in the Majors, Alzolay will need to improve a changeup that stands out more for its life than its deception. He never has had any difficulty throwing strikes and has been able to avoid giving up home runs despite his extreme flyball tendencies. The Cubs praise his makeup and work ethic and believe he eventually can settle into the middle of their rotation.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

Eligible to sign out of Venezuela in July 2011, Alzolay didn't land a pro contract until 15 months later and earned just a $10,000 bonus. He led the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League with a 1.07 ERA in his 2013 pro debut, then did little to distinguish himself until last season, when he reached Double-A and looked like a future No. 3 starter. He entered 2018 as the Cubs' No. 1 prospect and seemed on the verge of helping the big league club, but he made just eight starts before getting shut down for the season in June with a lat injury.

Alzolay's stuff improved as he got stronger and starting doing a better job of incorporating his lower half in his delivery. He now deals at 92-96 mph and reaches 98 with his fastball, which has some running life to help keep it off barrels. His curveball isn't as reliable, but it's often a plus pitch with low-80s velocity and good depth.

Alzolay still is working on his changeup, which has more movement than deception and ultimately can become an average offering. He has pounded the strike zone sine signing and does a good job of avoiding home runs despite being a fly-ball pitcher. Chicago loves his makeup and his work ethic should help him reach his potential.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50

Though he was eligible to sign out of Venezuela in July 2011, Alzolay didn't land a contract until November 2012. He led the Rookie-level Venezuelan Summer League in ERA (1.07), opponents' average (.201) and WHIP (0.88) in his 2013 pro debut. He mixed flashes of upside with inconsistency in his first three seasons in the United States before breaking out in high Class A this year.

Alzolay has gotten stronger and is doing a better job of using his lower half in his delivery, which has resulted in improved velocity. He's now operating with a 92-95 mph fastball as a starter, topping out at 97. He also gets some running action on his heater, which makes it difficult for hitters to barrel.

Alzolay's hard curveball has depth and shows signs of becoming at least a solid second offering. He's making strides with his changeup, though it still requires further refinement. He has thrown strikes throughout his pro career and could develop into a No. 3 starter.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 225 37 4 10.8 87.9 18.1 32.4 .254 .464 .387 .368 .410 37.8 21.7 15.0 7.30 5.87
ALL 225 37 4 10.8 87.9 18.1 32.4 .254 .464 .387 .368 .410 37.8 21.7 15.0
MLB 40862 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .252 .417 .317 .330 .390 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/10/2020 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Iowa Cubs.
09/30/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay from South Bend Cubs.
09/12/2019 South Bend Cubs activated RHP Adbert Alzolay.
09/09/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to South Bend Cubs.
09/02/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled Adbert Alzolay from Iowa Cubs.
08/03/2019 Iowa Cubs activated RHP Adbert Alzolay from the 7-day injured list.
07/19/2019 Iowa Cubs placed RHP Adbert Alzolay on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 18, 2019.
07/02/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Iowa Cubs.
06/20/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled Adbert Alzolay from Iowa Cubs.
05/16/2019 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Iowa Cubs from Cubs Extended Spring Training.
05/15/2019 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Cubs Extended Spring Training from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
05/12/2019 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
03/09/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Iowa Cubs.
10/03/2018 Chicago Cubs recalled Adbert Alzolay from Iowa Cubs.
09/21/2018 Iowa Cubs activated RHP Adbert Alzolay from the 7-day disabled list.
05/30/2018 Iowa Cubs placed RHP Adbert Alzolay on the 7-day disabled list. Lat strain.
04/20/2018 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
03/09/2018 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Tennessee Smokies.
11/20/2017 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Adbert Alzolay from Tennessee Smokies.
10/09/2017 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
09/19/2017 Tennessee Smokies activated RHP Adbert Alzolay from the 7-day disabled list.
08/23/2017 Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Adbert Alzolay on the 7-day disabled list.
08/20/2017 Tennessee Smokies activated RHP Adbert Alzolay from the 7-day disabled list.
08/16/2017 Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Adbert Alzolay on the 7-day disabled list.
07/06/2017 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
04/04/2017 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
04/05/2016 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
06/17/2015 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs.
10/07/2014 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Leones del Caracas.
06/21/2014 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to AZL Cubs from Boise Hawks.
06/16/2014 RHP Adbert Alzolay assigned to Boise Hawks.
03/08/2013 Chicago Cubs signed free agent RHP Adbert Alzolay to a minor league contract.