Double-A Starter Of The Week: Hartford Yard Goats German Marquez
The Tampa Bay Rays signed German Marquez as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2011.
Marquez spent four seasons moving through the Rays farm system mostly as a starter and on January 28th, 2016, he was involved in a trade that landed him with the Colorado Rockies, and sent major league outfielder Corey Dickerson to the Rays.
In his previous time with the Rays farms teams, the Venezuelan native was 14-27, but a new season and organization has ignited a spark in the young righty.
Through six games with the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, he is 3-1, with a 1.03 ERA, allowing just nine walks, a 0.89 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 35.0 innings. He also leads the Eastern League with his 1.03 ERA.
Over the previous week, from May 3 – May 8th, Marquez started two games and in both he showed Rockies fans what the near future may look like.
On May 3rd against the Harrisburg Senators, he tossed six innings, allowing two runs (none earned), on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.
On Mother’s Day, the #13 Prospect on the Rockies top prospect list, faced the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and stepped up throwing a gem, with eight shutout innings, allowing just one hit, two walks and striking out a season high eight batters.
In the shutout, he retired the first eight batters he faced before a runner reached base on a fielding error. Marquez then went right back to work and retired the next 11 batters prior to walking his first batter in the top of the seventh. He retired the next two batters, keeping the no-hitter in tact. But in the eighth, he walked the first batter he faced, then allowed a single to break up his no-no attempt.
Marquez regrouped and induced a fly ball out and struck out the final two batters to end the inning and his outstanding outing.
The Rockies have found a gem from within the Rays organization and it will only be a matter of time before Marquez makes his way to the big leagues.