By: Daniel Satter
Meanwhile, the Rays have top pitching prospects with the likes of Blake Snell, Brent Honeywell, and Taylor Guerrieri. The Rays have another pitching prospect in German Marquez. Marquez was signed back in 2011 as a international free agent. The 20 year old Venezuelan has moved up the Rays farm system fast. He is currently at Port Charlotte (High Single-A). He will most likely start next season in High Single-A and move up to Double-A if he produces well through the first month or two.
In addition, Marquez in High Single-A posted some good numbers, but is still a very raw prospect. He is projected to be MLB ready in the year 2017. That is a good guess when Rays’ fans could potentially see him in the big leagues. Marquez posted a 7-13 record with a 3.56 ERA, 104 K’s, 29 walks in 139 innings of work. Marquez pitched in 26 games and started 23 of them. Right now Marquez is working on being a starter, but when he reaches the pros he could be a middle reliever that could spot start and eat up innings. Marquez’s arsenal includes 3 pitches. He throws a fastball, Changeup, and Curveball. His fastball sits at around 90-93 mph and hit once in a while 96 mph. His changeup is developing, but has some flashes that it works. His best breaking ball is his curveball and it has a big sweeping break to it. He attacks the zone with all 3 pitches. Marquez has good command in his curve and fastball.
Note: Marquez is currently the Rays 27th ranked prospect.