Adbert Alzolay

Adbert Alzolay

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A lat strain sidelined Alzolay for much of the 2022 season, limiting him to just 25.2 innings between the majors and minors. He didn't join the Cubs until mid-September and made six appearances in long relief. Alzolay was effective in his limited sample, generating an astounding 70.4% whiff rate on 63 sliders thrown (33% pitch usage). He struck out 19 over 13.1 innings for a 36.5% strikeout rate, while walking only two (3.8% BB%). If Alzolay maintains improved control, he could blossom in 2023, though his role is yet to be defined. Whether that's as a starter, reliever, or combination of the two in a more flexible capacity, Chicago will carefully manage Alzolay's workload throughout the season in order to get as many innings as possible from the young hurler. He's worth a late pick in NL-only or deep mixed league drafts as long as you're comfortable with the innings risk. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2022.
Earns win in finale
PChicago Cubs
October 5, 2022
Alzolay (2-1) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and earned the win Wednesday against the Reds. He allowed two hits and a walk, while striking out three.
ANALYSIS
Starter Adrian Sampson departer after 2.2 innings due to right groin soreness, which forced Alzolay into the game early. The latter pitched well and picked up the win in Chicago's season-ending romp. Alzolay didn't debut until mid-September due to a lat strain, and he finished with a 3.38 ERA across 13.2 innings. The 27-year-old should be in the mix for a rotation spot to begin 2023 if he can remain healthy through the offseason and spring training.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
32
Last 10 Games
32
Last 5 Games
30
How many pitches does Adbert Alzolay generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-51%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .257 308 73 27 71 16 1 21
Since 2020vs Right .195 338 99 21 60 8 2 5
2022vs Left .176 18 7 0 3 1 1 1
2022vs Right .188 34 12 2 6 2 0 0
2021vs Left .269 249 53 20 61 13 0 20
2021vs Right .206 270 75 14 51 6 1 5
2020vs Left .219 41 13 7 7 2 0 0
2020vs Right .107 34 12 5 3 0 1 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-55%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.84 1.07 77.1 4 7 0 10.2 2.4 1.4
Since 2020Away 4.85 1.22 78.0 3 8 1 9.2 3.0 1.6
2022Home 3.00 0.83 6.0 0 1 0 16.5 1.5 0.0
2022Away 3.68 0.82 7.1 2 0 0 9.8 1.2 1.2
2021Home 3.90 1.05 60.0 4 5 0 9.8 1.8 1.8
2021Away 5.21 1.26 65.2 1 8 1 8.6 3.0 1.8
2020Home 3.97 1.32 11.1 0 1 0 9.5 6.4 0.0
2020Away 1.80 1.20 5.0 0 0 0 16.2 5.4 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Adbert Alzolay compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
9.50
 
K/9
12.8
 
BB/9
1.4
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
94.9 mph
 
ERA
3.38
 
WHIP
0.83
 
BABIP
.301
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
62.5%
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.1%
 
Spin Rate
2342 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
12.5%
 
Swinging Strike
16.1%
 
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After he pitched only 21.1 innings in 2020, the Cubs aimed to manage Alzolay's workload last season. In April, they took advantage of a fourth option year by sending him to the alternate training site when a fifth starter wasn't needed. An IL stint for a blister and later for a hamstring helped limit Alzolay's innings, but the Cubs still used him as a reliever after he was activated Sept. 1. He finished with 125.2 innings, so assuming Alzolay is reinserted into the rotation, he should be restriction free. Alzolay posted an 18.1 K-BB%, ranking 38th among pitchers with at least 120 innings. Homers were an issue, with 22 of his 29 yielded coming from a lefty swinger. Alzolay's 94-mph fastball is just a bit above average, but compared to the rest of the Cubs' rotation, it seems like triple-digits. Fewer walks and an out pitch against left-handers would be welcome, but as is, Alzolay has streaming appeal.
Alzolay didn't crack the Cubs' Opening Day 30-man roster. After a month at the alternate site, he bounced back and forth between South Bend and the North Side the final month, making four starts in six appearances. Alzolay's 2.95 ERA and 1.17 WHIP were deflated by a .256 BABIP, but a 33.3 K% is encouraging. Alzolay's 14.9% walk rate is dangerously high, especially once he experiences a BABIP correction. That said, a 4.15 SIERA and 3.62 xFIP offer encouragement. Alzolay features a four-seam fastball, hard sinker and a slider, mixing in some changeups against left-handers. His slider is his primary strikeout pitch. This is a starter's repertoire, and Alzolay may still be a rotation mainstay, but with a little tweaking, he could be a dominant reliever. He'll likely have an innings limit, but Alzolay should be given a chance to break camp in the Cubs' rotation.
Alzolay reached the big leagues for the first time at age 24 but didn't look great in 12.1 innings, allowing 10 runs and walking nine batters. His 4.41 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Iowa isn't too exciting either, but his 32.3 K% in those starts provides some reason to be excited for Alzolay's future. Whether that future comes in the rotation or the bullpen remains to be seen. Alzolay's smaller frame and lack of a strong third pitch to complement his fastball and curve would seem to point in the latter direction. He has the tools to become a strong late-inning option for a team that has lacked stability in that area, though relieving won't give him much fantasy value unless he's in the closer conversation. If he does get a run in the rotation, Alzolay has a bit of upside as a potential high-strikeout streamer, but it would probably take an injury for an opportunity to open up.
If Alzolay were in a better farm system, he would blend in, but he will be ranked near the top of the Cubs' system by most outlets, and unnecessary dynasty-league hype will follow. He is the only pitcher in that system with some upside who is also relatively close to the majors. Indeed, proximity to the big leagues may be his most appealing trait. His plus fastball sits at 93-94 mph, and he has a quality breaking ball, but his changeup is a distant third pitch, and his curveball is by no means a hammer. Alzolay has above-average command, which allowed him to hold his own in the lower levels before he experienced a velocity bump last season. With only seven starts at Double-A, he may head back to the Southern League, but it's possible he is assigned straight to Triple-A after spring training. The Cubs could call upon Alzolay during his age-23 season, whether to plug a hole in the rotation or work in middle relief. Unless his changeup really comes along, he profiles as a No. 4 starter or setup man.
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Takes loss in season debut
PChicago Cubs
September 17, 2022
Alzolay (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk across two innings of relief to take the loss Saturday against the Rockies. He struck out five.
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Activated by Cubs
PChicago Cubs
September 17, 2022
Alzolay (lat) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Saturday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Set to return this weekend
PChicago Cubs
Lat
September 14, 2022
Alzolay (lat) is expected to be reinstated from the 60-day injured list this weekend, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Piles up strikeouts at Triple-A
PChicago Cubs
Lat
August 29, 2022
Alzolay (lat) struck out six and allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks over two innings in his rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Iowa.
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Begins rehab stint
PChicago Cubs
Lat
August 22, 2022
Alzolay (lat) started a rehab assignment Monday with the Cubs' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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