Chicago Cubs: Brailyn Marquez showing he can turn into a future ‘ace’

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Chicago Cubs: Keeping it rolling

Five days after his unbelievable performance, and what would ultimately be a start that helped lead to his promotion, Marquez finished another six-inning outing. He did not allow a single run, walking only one batter and striking out eight. Over the 12 inning span, Marquez walked one batter and recorded 22 strikeouts.

His three final starts yielded a 0.53 ERA with four walks and 29 strikeouts. Marquez allowed a .091 slugging percentage while opposing batters hit just .150 against him. Most impressively, 71% of Marquez’ pitches went for strikes. 27% of those strikes were swings and misses, and his ground ball rate sat at 56%.

The incredibly strong fastball Marquez possesses is showing its wings. He sits in the mid 90’s consistently with an ability to reach 98 mph. Outside of his fastball, Marquez has an above-average breaking ball and changeup. Continuing to develop his repertoire is going to be critical for Marquez at the next level, and we all hope it ends up being the case.