The Cubs have a TON of exciting pitching prospects on their way to the big leagues. Although some people don’t see value in the Farm System, there are exciting young arms to watch out for. One of them specifically that is starting to receive a lot of attention.
Southpaw Brailyn Marquez has quickly become very popular amongst Cubs’ development executives. He can already reach 100 MPH on his fastball during bullpen sessions. And Marquez just turned 20. That’s INSANE.
His 2018 season started with Low-A Eugene and ended with Single-A South Bend. Marquez posted a 3.13 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 59 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. He registered a 26.4% strikeout rate and a 52.4% ground ball rate.
Subsequently, Marquez earned Northwest League mid-season and post-season All-Star honors.
Marquez received the largest signing bonus given to any lefty during the 2015-16 international signing period. He started out 2016 for the DSL Cubs, going 4-2 with a 1.48 ERA in his first taste of professional baseball. Just a few years later, he’s the prospect to watch out for in 2019.
Marquez continues to add velocity to his pitch that will only improve with time. He’s projected to have a huge year in his first full Minor League season. Marquez has a high ceiling with plenty of years left to develop.
Here’s a look at Marquez in a video Sports Report Media (us) produced from one of his only starts for South Bend. Check out the video below: