Chicago Cubs: Several pitchers working their way up in the minors

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Jose Albertos – RHP

When you talk about “homegrown” pitching, look no further than Jose Albertos. At just 19 years old, the Mexican native is adept at locating his fastball inside and out, as well as reaching the high-90’s with it. Factor in a change that many deem as a double-plus offering from Albertos, and he has the makings of the pitcher the Cubs have been trying to develop.

At just 19, his understanding of pitching exceeds his age. In just 10 starts (Rookie, AZL) he threw 43 innings with a 3.14 ERA. He allowed just a .184 average against with a 1.09 WHIP. He currently is working on a “slurve,” although he does have some feel for spin.

If he can continue to develop that pitch and become comfortable with it, we could see Albertos up in early 2022. Hard to believe the Cubs were capable of developing their own staff, isn’t it?