5 Chicago Cubs players to keep an eye on down the stretch

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5 Chicago Cubs to keep an eye on down the stretch: #3 – Adbert Alzolay

All the way back in 2012, Adbert Alzolay was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela by the Cubs. In 2013 he played for the Venezuelan summer league Cubs, posted a 1.07 ERA to go along with a 5-3 record over 67 innings pitched.

Throughout Alzolay’s minor league career he posted a total 33-27 record to go along with a 3.63 ERA in a total of 491 innings pitched. He was called up in June 2019 to face the New York Mets where he appeared in a relief role. He pitched a total of 12 1/3 frames in 2019 to the tune of a 7.30 ERA. In 2020, Alzolay started to see more success, going 1-1 in 21 1/3 frames with a 2.95 ERA.

Thus far in 2021, Alzolay owns a 4.85 ERA to go along with a 4-11 record in 19 games started on the season. The young right-hander is projected to be a solid mid-rotation starter moving forward but in order to stay in a starting role he will need to demonstrate consistency.

Whatever form he found in 2020, hopefully he can get back to it soon. His potential is high if he can harness what he is capable of for the rest of the season and moving forward.