Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Prospect Profile: RHP Jeff Marquez (#7)

Jeff Marquez was drafted in the supplemental round of the 2004 MLB Draft, as compensation for the loss of David Wells. Since then Marquez has steadily progressed. With Chien-Ming Wang sidelined, perhaps for the rest of the year, Marquez is one of the handful of internal options Brian Cashman has to fill the rotation void.

Prospect Profile: RHP Jeff Marquez (#7)This season, the 23-year-old right hander has been up and down. Entering his last start with an ERA over five, Marquez (6-7) blanked the Norfolk Tides over seven innings.

Scouting Report: RHP Jeff Marquez

While there has been considerable debate as to whether Jeff Marquez projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter or a bullpen arm, BA sees his value as a “workhorse groundball machine who fills the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in the rotation.”

Jeff Marquez’ Repetoire:
Four-Seamer: low to mid-90s, downward plane, good command
Sinker: 89-93 mph, excellent run and sink, primary pitch
Changeup: solid-average pitch, primary secondary offering
Curveball: least-polished pitch, struggles to keep near the zone

Prospect Profile: RHP Jeff Marquez (#7)According to BA's 2008 prospect handbook, Marquez has the best pickoff move by any right hander in the system. He doesn’t possess a true strikeout pitch and often relies on the defense behind him.

While the approach often draws comparison to Wang, Marquez is a much different pitcher. Whereas Wang throws most of his offerings hard, Marquez varies his speeds.

"He's relatively pitch-efficient, so if he's commanding well, he is a guy who can get through six, seven innings with 80 pitches or so," Trenton pitching coach Scott Aldred told cbssportsline.com. "He doesn't labor through a lot of innings because he forces hitters to make contact early."

Development/Progress: -- Jeff Marquez’ Career Stats --
Marquez saw action in both the Gulf Coast League and the NY-Penn League after signing in 2004. After surrendering less than a hit-per-inning, New York pushed him to Charleston. He made 27 starts for the RiverDogs, going 9-13 despite a 3.42 ERA. Marquez ranked second on the team to Chase Wright in wins, innings pitched (139 2/3), and strikeouts (107).

In 2006, Marquez' season was interrupted when a shoulder strain sidelined the righty for July. He logged 92 innings for Tampa and posted a 3.61 ERA.

Promoted to Double-A Trenton for 2007, Marquez earned Eastern League All-Star honors. Marquez went 15-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Thunder, leading the league wins (15). The emerging workhorse tossed 155 1/3 innings (second most in the EL) and threw two complete games.

Baseball America Prospect Rankings: 2006 - #9, 2007 - #12, 2008 - #7.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are interesting. You should write something about Jackson and Tabata since they are the Yankees' primary potential impact position players.