Taylor Davis: Adbert Alzolay Is 'Really Special'

Alzolay has been promoted by the Cubs and could make his MLB debut Thursday.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
June 20, 2019 - 12:20 pm
Cubs right-hander Adbert Alzolay

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(670 The Score) While the Cubs have struggled mightily to produce homegrown pitching talent for years, there's an anticipation that they may have a building block in 24-year-old right-hander Adbert Alzolay.

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The Cubs will call up Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa ahead of their game against the Mets at Wrigley Field on Thursday night, and he's expected to make his MLB debut, as he's lined up behind spot starter Tyler Chatwood. When he does take the mound, everyone will get a glimpse of what Triple-A Iowa Cubs catcher Taylor Davis has already seen.

"The breaking ball has gotten better," Davis said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Thursday. "The velo is there. The command has been there. The one thing that I tell everybody about this kid is and the reason that I think he's the truth is because he works hard. He cares. He's a good person. You want to root for him. That's always a bonus, especially when you already have everything else. He's got everything else. He's got the 97-mile-per-hour fastball. He's got the swing-and-miss breaking ball when you know it's coming and he's got the changeup that he can throw in any count."

Alzolay was rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Cubs' farm system. He has posted a 3.09 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 32 innings across six starts at Triple-A this season.

"I'm excited for Cubs fans," Davis said. "I've been excited for this moment for years, for the last two years, because I think this kid is really special."