Cubs bring back former top prospect on minor league deal
SAN DIEGO — The Cubs were reunited with former top pitching prospect Brailyn Marquez, a source confirmed Tuesday.
The lefty pitcher was non-tendered last month, but was brought back on a minor-league deal on Monday. Marquez, 23, had season-ending shoulder surgery in June and has had an injury-riddled last few seasons. He was non-tendered in November and became a free agent at the time.
He was the Cubs top pitching prospect ahead of the 2020 season and spent that year at the Cubs alternate site, before being selected and making his major league debut on September 27. Marquez was ranked 21 on Lance Brozdowski’s Top 25 prospects ahead of the 2022 season.
Marquez missed the start of Spring Training in 2021 after a bout with COVID-19 and missed the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. The next season started off similar for the lefty, who was delayed in reporting to Spring Training camp due to another bout with COVID before the season-ending surgery.
He’s pitched in just one competitive game over the last three seasons, his major-league debut in 2020. He pitched to a 3.13 ERA in 22 starts across Single-A and High-A in 2019, showcasing an electric fastball that could touch triple digits.