Venezuelan German Marquez came to Colorado as a part of the Corey Dickerson/Jake McGee deal this past offseason. At age 21, Marquez is the second youngest pitcher in Double-A that is also an ERA qualifier. In 21 games started, Marquez has tossed a workload of 135.2 innings while posting a gaudy 2.85 ERA with 126 strikeouts and only 33 walks.
Marquez was just recently promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque where he has yet to make a start. Marquez could very easily be making his Major League debut at just age 22. With good control, Marquez features a plus fastball that is in the range of 93-96 MPH, and as hit as high as 98 MPH. Right now German’s curveball is average but developing and his changeup is lagging behind but can be effective to keep hitters off-balance.
With German it is more of a command issue. You should now be asking yourself “But, wait didn’t you just say he has good control?” And, yes, yes I did. Control is about throwing strikes, whereas command is about hitting the catcher’s mitt exactly where the catcher sets up. Marquez can throw strikes no problem, but it’s hitting his spots that needs to improve, if he can do that, he could a middle of the rotation guy by mid-season 2017.
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