3 Cubs pitchers who put up eye-catching numbers this Spring Training

These three Cubs hurlers had convincing performances this Spring Training as the pitching staff looks to take a step forward in 2024

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The Chicago Cubs have a much different pitching staff this year with free agent additions like Hector Neris and Shota Imanaga, while young arms like Luke Little and Cade Horton are looking to positively impact the big league squad. Things are looking particularly good for these three pitchers, who just capped off a month of solid Spring Training performances in preparation for a season where expectations are as high as they have been since the 2021 trade deadline. Here are three pitchers who put up eye-catching numbers in March.

1. Adbert Alzolay

Over his seven appearances in Spring Training, the Cubs' presumptive closer Adbert Alzolay dazzled with a 0.00 ERA over seven innings pitched. More impressively, Alzolay struck out seven batters and only surrendered one walk and four hits. If this is a sign of things to come, the Cubs bullpen is in very good hands because having a reliable closer takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the group.

It will be exciting to see if Alzolay can put together a full season as the closer and what results that will yield. It wasn't until June of last year when former manager David Ross solidified his bullpen structure, featuring Alzolay as the closer with Julian Merryweather and Mark Leiter Jr. as the set-up men. Things will be different this year with the additions of Hector Neris, Yency Almonte, and Jose Cuas, with rookie Luke Little rounding out the reliever corps. With solid contributors all around, the table is set for Alzolay to inherit more ninth-inning appearances and rack up his save count.

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