Marquez doesn’t bring the cambio very often (3%) and that’s probably because it’s just not a good offering. It averages close to 88 mph, but doesn’t get much sink. It ends up looking like a batting practice fastball, and batters have tee’d off on it to the tune of a .709 wOBA. Might be time to pocket this one.
Marquez saw his curveball have less drop on it from 2018 to 2019 but ended up being easily his best pitch, as it featured a 24% swinging-strike rate, almost 50% O-swing rate and .159 xBA against. With his slider taking a step back in 2019 from 2018 his curveball stepped up and will have to do so as long as Coors is his homepark.
Marquez features both a two-seamer and four-seamer, and both pitches get above-average velo (94.7 mph and 95.7 mph). Both have pretty average movement profiles, but the four-seamer is definitively tougher to get the bat on, with a 13.3% whiff rate. The four-seamer allows a lower wOBA too, so perhaps German should focus on throwing it even more.
Marquez’s slider is pretty interesting in that it doesn’t really move, but hitters still can’t get good wood on it. His slide piece sits around 87 mph and looks like a fastball until it dips under the bat at the last second. It’s far more effective against righties, earning a 42% whiff rate and .306 wOBA.
If Marquez had one weakness in 2018, it was his 95 mph four-seamer. While he generated a 16% K rate, he also allowed a high 10% walk rate, .193 ISO and 17% HR/FB rate. Marquez allowed above-average contact rates and hard contact on his fastball for the second year in a row, making it a pitch he may want to deemphasize in 2019.
For the second year in a row, Marquez’s 82 mph curveball graded as above-average. It was his strikeout pitch in 2018, as he amassed an impressive 54% K rate and 20% swinging-strike rate. Marquez did allow a 23% HR/FB rate on the pitch, but otherwise batters generated below-average contact overall.
Marquez used his 85 mph slider as a second strikeout pitch in 2018. He amassed a 40% K rate and 22% swinging-strike rate with it. He also generated ground balls at a 54% clip while limiting contact on the pitch overall. While he only allowed a .088 ISO, Marquez did allow a 15% HR/FB rate, which could be part of the Coors effect. Overall this was the most effective and highest-graded pitch Marquez threw in 2018.
This 94 mph sinker was an above-average pitch in 2018. Marquez generated a 62% ground-ball rate with it thanks to above-average movement. He did allow an 18% HR/FB rate and only generated a 2% K rate and 5% swinging-strike rate with the sinker. This pitch was definitely used to induce contact, as batters connected with over 88% of Marquez’s sinkers on the year.
Marquez threw this 86 mph changeup as his fifth option, and it graded out as a negative pitch. He gave up a lot of hard contact with it, allowing a 27% HR/FB and .256 ISO. Batters did not chase the change outside the zone, and he only generated a 7% swinging-strike rate.