Alec is in his second season in the Cubs organization after he was acquired from Kansas City, February 8, 2017, for minor league OF Donnie Dewees ... he made his major league debut in 2016, appearing in three games out of the bullpen with the Royals... Has gone 21-23 with a complete game and a 3.00 ERA (140 ER/420.1 IP) in 101 games, including 74 starts, in six minor league seasons ... has fanned 397 batters while walking just 90... Posted a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP) in three outings in his first major league action in 2016... Named a mid-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League (2013), Carolina League (2015) and Texas League (2016) ... also named a MILB.com organization all-star in 2015... Originally drafted by Kansas City in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft... Attended the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he set a school record with 30 appearances as a sophomore (2011) ... recorded a 3.94 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 89.0 innings in his junior season... Graduated from Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham, Tennessee, in 2009 ... named the school's Male Athlete of the Year all four years of high school.
In his first season in the Cubs system, missed a majority of the year on Triple-A Iowa's disabled list ... was on the shelf, April 13-May 12, with a left ankle contusion and then made one start before he landed back on the D.L. with a right forearm strain... Was 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP) in three starts with Iowa... Pitched in rehab assignments with Rookie League Mesa and Single-A Myrtle Beach, producing a 1.93 ERA (3 ER/14.0 IP) in four starts from August 19-September 3 ... walked two and struck out 13... Made four starts for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA (8 ER/15.0 IP) ... walked three and struck out 14.
Alec made his major league debut with the Royals, but spent most of the season in the minors, going a combined 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA (45 ER/125.2 IP) in 24 games, all but one as a starter, with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha ... Began the season with Northwest Arkansas where he earned mid-season All-Star honors from the Texas League ... went 1-2 with a 2.39 ERA (18 ER/67.2 IP) in 12 starts ... struck out 68 batters and walked just 12 ... Earned his first-career call-up to the majors May 18 and made his major league debut that night vs. Boston ... allowed one run in 0.2 innings and was sent back to Northwest Arkansas the following day ... was promoted to Triple-A Omaha June 16 ... Went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA (27 ER/58.0 IP) in 12 games (11 starts) with the Storm Chasers ... was placed on the disabled list August 6-16 ... Made two more relief appearances for the Royals in September ... tossed a season-high 1.2-scoreless innings September 15 vs. Oakland.
Named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Pitcher of the Year, posting a 7-7 mark and a 3.02 ERA in 21 starts…Selected to the Carolina League All-Star Game, fanning both hitters he faced...also a two-time Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honoree (June 15, June 22)…Ranked fourth in the league in ERA, strikeouts (111) and seventh in WHIP (1.20)...his seven wins also tied for 17th…Dominant in June, going 3-0 with an 0.99 ERA, recording four walks and 28 strikeouts in five starts…Posted an 1.98 ERA (15 ER in 68.1 IP) in 11 road starts.
Split the season between rookie league Idaho Falls and Single-A Lexington, going 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA (15 ER/57.1 IP) in 14 games (13 starts) ... Posted a miniscule 1.18 ERA (5 ER/38.0 IP) in seven starts with Lexington ... Began the season in June with Idaho Falls after recovering from Tommy John Surgery performed the previous season.
Named a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2013, posting a 2-3 record with a 1.59 ERA (8 ER/45.1 IP) in 18 appearances during the first half with Lexington ... held right-handed hitters to a .162 average (17-for-105) ... Suffered a season-ending elbow injury on June 12 and missed the remainder of the 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery.
Made his professional debut with Idaho Falls, going 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA (26 ER/50.2 IP) and three saves in 17 games (seven starts) ... made his pro debut on June 18, 2012, tossing 1.0 inning of relief for Idaho Falls vs. Orem ... earned his first victory on August 11, also against Orem (6-4), allowing three unearned runs over 6.0 innings.