After a 7-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs called up fourth-ranked prospect Adbert Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa. The young pitcher will be in a bullpen role for Thursday's series opener against the New York Mets.
Alzolay is by far the Cubs top prospect who is MLB-ready. Over the last two weeks, reporters such as Patrick Mooney of The Athletic Chicago have written about Alzolay being the pitching prospect who finally allows Cubs fans to get over Dylan Cease's departure in the Jose Quintana deal.
Alzolay began this season a tad later than most other prospects after being held in extended spring training for precautionary measures.
In Triple-A Iowa, Alzolay sported a 2-1 record with a 3.09 ERA. He also struck out 46 batters over 32.0 innings while only allowing six walks. Although a small sample size (six starts), Alzolay has been very good in Triple-A and is due the opportunity to showcase what he can do in the show.
Tyler Chatwood is starting in place of Kyle Hendricks on Thursday night. However, Chatwood hasn't pitched significant innings in quite some time, so Alzolay will serve as a "long reliever" for Chatwood on Thursday. So expect to see Alzolay for maybe two or three innings.
As a corresponding move, LHP Tim Collins was designated for assignment. There is a very good chance Cubs fans could see Alzolay stick as a bullpen arm for the remainder of the season. If he produces, he could stay on the big league roster, even when Craig Kimbrel returns. There's a chance that someone such as LHP Kyle Ryan is sent to the minors instead of Alzolay.
Tune in tonight to see the Cubs' newest pitcher in action! The game is at 7:05pm at Wrigley Field and it will be broadcasted on WGN.
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