Those are some pretty high velocity numbers for a 19-year-old pitcher who disappears when he turns sideways. But Brailyn Marquez can get his has shown that he can sustain those high-90’s fastball numbers, along with a curve he bends in the low-to-mid 80’s. That combo makes him one of the most magnetic pitchers in the Cubs’ system right now.
As impressive as he looks right now, though, Marquez has got a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to make it from short-season ball to the big leagues.
6-4, 185 lbs.
Current Affiliate: Eugene Emeralds
Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Signed as an IFA in 2015
Marquez began his professional career in the Dominican Summer League, where he made 12 starts back in 2016. He raised a lot of eyebrows with his performance, striking out 48 batters over 54.2 innings (7.9 K/9). He posted a 1.48 ERA that summer as a 17-year-old just learning how to pitch.
In 2017, Marquez spent the summer in Mesa playing in the Arizona Rookie League. It was quite an adjustment. He threw in 11 games, starting nine of them, but the results were not even close to the previous season. His ERA ballooned to 5.52 despite …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider