Chicago Cubs: Looking at internal options to round out the rotation

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Chicago Cubs: Picking from the farm

Adbert Alzolay also had some starting experience last season. The 24-year-old scattered two hits and two runs across his first 8 2/3 innings of work before getting clobbered against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of July.

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Alzolay struggled to regain his form at Triple-A Iowa, and also missed some time due to another injury. He is undoubtedly part of the future in the rotation, but is Alzolay the best starting option after such an up-and-down season?

The Cubs will probably elect to keep Alzolay in Triple-A at the start of the 2020 season with the hopes that he can build some momentum and make a case for the fifth spot or even a bullpen role.

Left-handed prospect Brailyn Marquez, on the other hand, could make his way through the pipeline in a hurry. Marquez was Chicago’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2019, and he dominated in five starts at High-A Myrtle Beach, posting a 1.71 ERA in 26 1/3 innings of work.

The 20-year-old is likely to start the 2020 season in Double-A, but Marquez might earn a call-up if he excels from the jump.

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Chicago might look to take the “committee” approach with respect to the fifth spot in the rotation, but they do have some internal options if they fail to add a starter this winter.