Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Brailyn Marquez is good. Really good.

Brailyn Marquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Brailyn Marquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

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Myrtle Beach 10, Winston-Salem 1

Game Recap

Wow. Brailyn Marquez is on some kind of run. He came out in the 1st inning with some extra adrenaline for his Carolina League debut, which allowed him to regularly hit triple digits as he struck out two of the three batters he faced. He'd repeat the same feat in the 2nd. It would be his final strikeout of the night, and from that point he'd end up walking a few batters, but he didn't give up much hard contact. He held the Dash without a hit, extending his streak to 13 2/3 innings since he last allowed a hit.

Top Performers

  • Brailyn Marquez: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (W, 1-0, 0.00)
  • Ethan Roberts: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.93)
  • Delvin Zinn: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, HBP (.241)
  • Aramis Ademan: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB (14) (.228)
  • Grant Fennell: 3-5, R, RBI (.246)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 2-5, 2B, R (.248)
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 1-3, RBI, SF (.196)
  • Eric Gonzalez: 1-4, RBI, SB (1) (.143)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The past 3 starts for Brailyn Marquez? 17 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 26 K

Scott Effross pitched the final two innings as he continues to rehab.

I haven't talked about him much this season, but Ethan Roberts was an effective closer with South Bend prior to the getting the call to Myrtle Beach. He struggled a bit when he first came up, but he's settled in nicely of late. He has not allowed a run in his last 7 outings (12.1 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K). Roberts doesn't have a big fastball, but he can spin the ball well, as his slider and curve are both effective offerings.

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Great Lakes 6, South Bend 2

Game Recap

Cole Roederer (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Cole Roederer (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Down 2-0 in the 4th, Nelson Maldonando drove in Jake Slaughter on a sac fly to cut the lead in half, and then scored on a single by Cole Roederer in the 7th to tie it as Cam Sanders turned in a solid five inning start. The South Bend bullpen wasn't up to the task of keeping the Cubs in the game however, as they allowed three runs in the 7th and another in the 8th.

Top Performers

  • Cam Sanders: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K (3.03)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-3, RBI, BB, SB (14) (.223)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-4 (.288)
  • Jake Slaughter: 1-4, 2B, R (.333)
  • Nelson Maldonado: 0-2, R, RBI, BB, SF (.258)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Cole Roederer (.223/.322/.372) is batting .250/.421/.518 with 4 HR, 17 BB, 17 K, 167 wRC+ over his last 18 games.  He's been even better over his last 10 games, batting .323/.475/.643 (205 wRC+).

Cam Sanders (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Cam Sanders (photo by Rikk Carlson)

This was a pretty typical start by Cam Sanders. He changed speeds with his fastball, used his good 12-to-6 curve effectively, and kept the ball off the barrels of opposing batters. He also walked 3 and hit 2 batters, so forcing him to work around a lot of traffic on the bases. Sanders has the stuff to be a starter, but his ultimate role is likely to be found in the pen, where his velocity will play up and his inefficiency less of an issue.

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BrewersB 3, Cubs1 2

Top Performers

  • Benjamin Rodriguez: 5 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K (3.58)
  • Ryan Reynolds: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI (.257)
  • Alberto Hinirio: 1-3, 2B (.275)

Cubs2 5, AthleticsG 1

Top Performers

  • Carlos Ocampo: 6 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 9 K (2.94)
  • Miguel Heredia: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (W, 1-3, 3.97)
  • Luis Verdugo: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (4, 5) (.239)
  • Carlos Morfa: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.195)
  • Richard Nunez: 1-3, RBI, BB (.259)
  • Brandon Vicens: 0-1, R, 2 BB, SB (4) (.174)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Twenty-year old Carlos Ocampo has not allowed more than 1 earned run in any of his last 5 starts (19 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 21 K). Fellow 20-year old righty Benjamin Rodriguez has been locked in over his last two starts as well (10 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

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Cubs1 6, Red Sox2 4

Tigers 4, Cubs2 2

Both Yohendrick Pinango (.344/.422/.438) and Rafael Morel (.274/.370/.446) reached base twice. Pinango swiped his 22nd base (out of 27 attempts). Morel scored 3 times and stole 3 bases to bring his season total to 18 (in 26 attempts).

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  • At the risk of repeating myself, Marquez has nothing left to prove in A league. A promotion to AA will reveal how he fares against better competition. I think he’s up to the task.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    They just promoted him and it was only about a month ago that he was struggling with inconsistent control.
    I assume he will open 2020 in AA.

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    Do you have a good comp for Marquez, Michael?

  • In reply to Glen Krisch:

    There just aren't many lefties capable of throwing 100+

  • I am always nervous about TJS for these guys who touch 100 consistently on the radar gun. I am just accepting that it will happen to Marquez at some point in time and that he will come back ready to go.

    Regardless, that is one amazing streak that will help catapult him to a Top 50 list or two by the end of the year.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!

  • A question on Cole Roederer Mike.

    The average seems to lag a bit, but the On base and slugging seem to be getting better. Is he hitting into bad luck? Can he be a 270/280 guy (I’m thinking Andrew Benetendi type) or is his hit tool only graded at a 40 or 45?

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    He hits the ball in the air a lot. BABIP isn't very good because of it. Needs to turn some of his fly balls into line drives. I think he will as he matures.

  • Off-topic, but how good is Underwood? I hadn’t been following him closely, although I heard his stuff looked better after converting to the pen. But last night, wow. He was otherworldly. Can he slot in as a high-leverage reliever?

  • In reply to October:

    Possible. I think he's likely more of a 7th inning guy, but could be more. The fastball was average as a starter (91-94), but above average as a reliever (94-97). The changeup is the key. It's gone from an above average pitch last year, to a potential plus pitch this season. And when the fastball is playing up in relief it gives the changeup more juice.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks Michael. Maybe The Professor can give him some tips for his changeup :-)

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    97 with a plus change up in a high leverage role screams Fernando Rodney. Maybe that could be his ceiling as a RP?

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    I could think of Randy Johnson and Chapman, but that's about it. I don't think either one is a good comparison. Do we have a unicorn in the minors?

  • In reply to Glen Krisch:

    My impression in watching him pitch, that he seems to not be a max effort. The motion seems to be so easy for a ball that travels that fast.
    Johnson had the height and reach advantage but was very erratic until later in his career.

  • I was at the recent game that he pitched in WI, which was the last time he game up a run. I was sitting in row 4 behind home plate and was really impressed by the movement on all pitches. A fastball that is approaching 100 that has great movement is impressive.

  • Michael, I know several players have made the jump to the Majors from AA.Has any player made the jump from high A ?

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Interesting question. I’m pretty sure Jordan Hicks made that jump for the Cards last year.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    The late, great José Fernández was an example of skipping from High A to the bigs. But it is rare and there is a reason for that. Marquez's stuff is brilliant but you need more than just brilliant stuff to get Major League hitters out consistently. There is a legitimate concern that the Cubs could stunt his development, particularly as a starter, by rushing him up to help with a playoff push out of the bullpen.

  • I am also really impressed by Roederer. While he isn't yet hitting for average, we have to remember that he was in high school last year.

  • Sending Duane Underwood down to AAA from the last time he was called up looks like its paying dividends. Ian Happ looks better too.

  • John Heyman, Lucroy going to the Cubs !

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