Brailyn Marquez
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Marquez has a chance to be the Cubs' first good homegrown starter since Jeff Samardzija, or Kyle Hendricks if we count him, even though he was drafted by the Rangers. A 6-foot-4, 185-pound southpaw, Marquez has an 80-grade fastball that regularly touches triple digits. Blake Snell and James Paxton led left-handed starters with an average fastball velocity of 95.5 mph, and Marquez easily outpaces them. He also has a plus slider and average changeup. His power arsenal allowed him to log an impressive 50.6 GB% across 103.2 innings. It will be his command that dictates whether he is a lights-out reliever or frontline starter. Marquez has worked diligently to sync up his delivery in an effort to improve his control, and it showed as the season went on. He logged a 13.0 BB% at Low-A and a 6.6 BB% in five High-A starts. Every pitching prospect carries significant risk, but few can match his upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract in 2015.
Fans 14 Thursday
PChicago Cubs  A+
July 25, 2019
Marquez struck out 14 and allowed just one hit across six scoreless innings in a win Thursday for Low-A South Bend.
ANALYSIS
Marquez posted his first career double-digit strikeout game in a dominant outing. The 20-year-old needed just 71 pitches to clear his six innings, and he threw 53 of those pitches for strikes. Marquez now has a 3.91 ERA this season, and while he's still likely a ways off from the majors, he's someone to keep an eye on as he moves up the organizational ladder given the life in his left arm.
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