Chicago Cubs: Checking in with the top prospects

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When it comes to the average age of the Chicago Cubs active roster, they find themselves middle of the road. Dissimilar to many other teams, a majority of the clubs “top prospects” are firmly entrenched as starters, and have been for awhile. That being said, its time to check in on the rest of the prospects.

Adbert Alzolay, RHP, No.1 overall

Alzolay is the top overall pitcher in the Cubs system. At just 23 years old, he has worked his way up to Triple-A, and could, in theory, find himself called up in September. First, however, Alzolay needs to see more consistency.

Last season at Double-A, Alzolay started seven games, posting a very respectable 3.03 ERA. His 3.82 xFIP was solid enough, and he also did not allow a single home run. Strangely enough, Alzolay did not record a single win in any start.

Now at Triple-A, Alzolay has made seven starts so far this season. Unfortunately, it has not gone as planned. He has pitched to a 5.03 ERA and a disastrous 5.75 xFIP. His strikeout rate is down significantly, and his walk rate is still an issue.

Over his last four starts, Alzolay is 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA. He has also given up three home runs in that span. His previous start, Alzolay pitched just five innings, giving up five earned runs and three walks. Since his excellent start against the Storm Chasers on the last day of April, Alzolay has failed to surpass five innings. Cubs fans will undoubtedly keep their eyes on Alzolay as he continues to progress and hope he can find his groove soon. His ETA is 2018