Chicago Cubs: Could this guy make his way into the rotation or pen to stay?
After clamoring for his promotion for a large part of the 2020 season, Cubs fans finally got what they wanted when Brailyn Marquez made his big league debut in the last game of the season on September 27 against the White Sox. Sort of, that is.
While the fireballing lefty did indeed make his debut in a Cubs win over their crosstown rivals, Marquez was not sharp despite showcasing many of the tools that had fans drooling over the big southpaw. He gave up five runs and only lasted two innings, but he also hit 99 mph on the radar gun and overpowered and struck out the AL MVP, Jose Abreu, on three pitches.
Marquez will not start 2021 in the rotation or pen at the big league level, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be ready at some point during the season. In fact, with the ability and pitches he brings to the table, the Cubs will almost have to see what he can do again. If we can channel his triple digit fastball and nasty slider, Marquez should be a mainstay on the Cubs staff for the foreseeable future.