Former Pelican Alzolay makes major league debut

Cubs' No. 4 prospect becomes 179th former Pelican to play in MLB

Adbert Alzolay made his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, June 20. He was tabbed as a Mid-Season All-Star for the Pelicans in 2017. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 21, 2019 9:22 AM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 21, 2019) - Former Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher, Adbert Alzolay, made his major league debut on Thursday June 20, for the Chicago Cubs. Alzolay is the 179th Pelicans player to play in the major leagues and the third of 2019 after he pitched 4.1 innings against the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Alzolay, 24, was outstanding in his debut, earning the win in Chicago's 7-4 victory over the Mets. The Venezuelan entered the game in the fifth inning, in relief of Tyler Chatwood, and fired 4.1 innings, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out five in his debut. The lone hit that he allowed came on a ninth-inning home run from Todd Frazier.

After missing the first month of the 2019, Alzolay made his first start of 2019 with the Pelicans on May 12 before returning to Triple-A Iowa. In his one start with the Birds this season, Alzolay went four innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.

With Iowa, Alzolay posted a record of 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA and was dominant over the last month. In his last five starts, the Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela native had a 1.93 ERA and struck out 40 and walked only three in 28 innings of work.

Alzolay was a Carolina League All-Star during his stint with the Pelicans during the first half of the 2017 season. He collected a 7-1 record and a 2.98 ERA before his promotion to Double-A Tennessee on July 6, 2017.

Entering 2018, Alzolay was the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Cubs' organization and he entered this season as the system's No. 4 propspect and their top right-handed pitching prospect.

The Cubs originally signed Alzolay as an 18-year-old out of Venezuela in 2012 and he has thrown 457.2 innings in his seven-year minor league career.

Alzolay joins Tayler Scott  and Eloy Jimenez as the three former Birds to debut this season.

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