Cubs giving Jared Young major league look; Adbert Alzolay nears return
The Cubs are giving another player a taste at the major-league level.
Outfielder Jared Young was selected from Iowa prior to Wednesday’s game against the Mets. He takes the place of Rafael Ortega, who suffered a fractured left ring finger, after taking a ball on the hand as he tried to lay down a bunt.
Young has shown versatility this season, playing 42 games at first, 40 at third, 24 in the outfield, 6 at second and 4 at the DH spot. He’s hit 16 home runs in 108 games with Iowa and has posted a .723 OPS.
His addition gives the Cubs another left-handed bat — joining Alfonso Rivas, Zach McKinstry and switch hitter Ian Happ. Young was taken by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2017 draft from Old Dominion University.
David Ross told reporters Wednesday that Adbert Alzolay would likely join the Cubs when they return to Chicago this weekend.
“He’ll come out of the ‘pen,” Ross told reporters. “He wont’ start right off the bat. I think he’s built up for like 50-55 pitches.”
Alzolay was really effective for the Cubs last season coming out of the bullpen. In September, Alzolay was used out of the pen and posted a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings in 8 games in relief.
Last season, he picked up a 4-inning save on September 1 against the Twins, striking out 5 and allowing just 1 hit as he piggybacked off Justin Steele.
“He pitched 4 innings of dominant baseball,” Ross said. “He said he feels great, as good as he’s felt in a long time. I know he’s consistently trying to evolve. We’re an organization that tries to make guys better.