Alec, who threw the 16th no-hitter in franchise history, is 12- 13 with a 4.60 ERA (122 ER/238.2 IP) in 62 games (37 starts) between the Roayls (2016) and the Cubs (2018-21)... Is 32-41 with a complete game, nine saves and a 3.72 ERA (273 ER/660.2 IP) in 146 games (18 starts) in nine minor league seasons ... has fanned 611 batters while walking 164... Sept. 13, 2020 in Milwaukee, threw the 16th no-hitter in franchise history, walking three and striking out five... The no-hitter came in just his 15th career start ... those are the fewest starts needed for a pitcher to record his first no-hitter since San Francisco’s Chris Heston did so, June 9, 2015, at the Mets in his 13th career start (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau)... The only Cub to record a no-hitter in fewer career starts is Burt Hooton, who in just his fourth career start (and game) tossed a no-no vs. Philadelphia on April 16, 1972... Was acquired from Kansas City, Feb. 8, 2017, for minor league OF Donnie Dewees... Made his major league debut with Kansas City in 2016, posting a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP) in three relief outings... 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... Selected 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, Tenn. in 2009 ... named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year all four years of high school.
Alec made 32 appearances (20 starts) for the Cubs in 2021, pitching in 12 games out of the bullpen, before transitioning full-time to the rotation on June 15... Went 4-7 with a 4.80 ERA (53 ER/99.1 IP) in 20 starts, compared to 2-0 with a 6.41 ERA (14 ER/19.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances... Allowed three or fewer runs and two or fewer walks in 12-straight starts from April 13-Aug. 15, becoming the first Cub since Hippo Vaughn (May 3-June 22, 1919) to accomplish the feat... Posted a 6.40 ERA (31 ER/41.2 IP) in his last eight starts, compared to a 3.43 ERA (22 ER/57.2 IP) in his first 12... Earned his second career save May 4 vs. Milwaukee, tossing a perfect ninth inning... July 2 in Cincinnati, tied his career-high with nine strikeouts (also Sept. 27, 2019 at St. Louis)... July 29 vs. Cincinnati, became the first Cub starter since Mike Bielecki on Aug. 17, 1991, to pitch at least 6.0 innings while recording no walks or strikeouts... Tossed a season-high 8.1 scoreless innings on Aug. 28 at Chicago (A.L.).
Alec, in his most extensive big league action, was 5-5 with a 4.48 ERA (31 ER/62.1 IP) in 11 starts for the Cubs...threw the 16th no-hitter in franchise history, September 13 in Milwaukee...In his no-hit effort, walked three and struck out five, facing 29 batters and throwing 114 pitches, 74 for strikes...The no-hitter came in just his 15th career start...those are the fewest starts needed for a pitcher to record his first no-hitter since San Francisco’s Chris Heston did so, June 9, 2015, at the Mets in his 13th career start (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau)…The only Cub to record a no-hitter in fewer career starts is Burt Hooton, who in just his fourth career start (and game) tossed a no-no vs. Philadelphia on April 16, 1972...On the season, held right-handed hitters to a .163 average (15-for-92) with a .293 slugging mark and a .521 OPS...left-handed hitters batted .275 (38-for-138) with a .551 slugging mark and an .888 OPS...Limited the opposition to a .200 average (8-for-40) with runners in scoring position...Walked 19 and struck out 46...allowed three or fewer walks in all 11 of his outings and two or fewer walks in nine starts...Prior to his no-hitter, twice spun a then-career-high 7.0 innings, including 7.0 shutout frames, August 3 vs. Kansas City...threw another 7.0 innings, August 24 in Detroit, allowing three runs...Had a 3.73 ERA (17 ER/41.0 IP) in seven night games...had a 5.91 ERA (14 ER/21.1 IP) in four day games...Spun a career-high 17.0-consecutive scoreless innings from September 3-13.
Alec saw his most extensive major league action, going 1-0 with one save and a 2.75 ERA (11 ER/36.0 IP) in nine outings with Chicago, including four starts...spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa...Limited right-handed hitters to a .167 batting average (13-for-78) with a .235 OBP and a .530 OPS...lefthanded batters posted a .321 average (18-for-56) with a .433 OBP and a .969 OPS...Made four spot starts, including a quality start, July 16 vs. the Reds (6.0 IP, 3 R)...started twice against St. Louis in the final week-plus of the regular season, allowing one run in 9.2 innings pitched...had a 2.70 ERA (6 ER/20.0 IP) in his four starts...Went 1-0 with one save and a 2.81 ERA (5 ER/16.0 IP) in five relief outings...Recorded his first-career save, September 13 vs. Pittsburgh...allowed one run in 3.0 innings in a 17-8 victory...Earned his first-career major league win, September 16 vs. Cincinnati...allowed just one hit in 2.0-scoreless innings in an 8-2 win...Spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, going 6-4 with a 5.11 ERA (59 ER/104.0 IP) in 19 appearances (18 starts), pitching 6.0 innings or more in 10 of his last 12 outings...Was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, June 10-16, allowing two earned runs in 12.2 innings across two starts.
Alec spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa, but did see action in seven games with the Cubs, posting a 4.00 ERA (8 ER/18.0 IP) ... Made his Cubs debut July 27 at St. Louis, tossing 2.0-scoreless innings in the Cubs 5-2 loss ... Made his first major league start, August 24 vs. Cincinnati, allowing one run in 5.2 innings, while striking out eight ... took a no-decision in the Cubs' 3-2 win ... Appeared on the Cubs Wild Card roster, but did not pitch ... Made 23 starts with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 4.84 ERA (67 ER/124.2 IP) ... his 1.30 WHIP ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League.
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.