On Monday, Chicago Cubs VP of Player Development Jared Banner provided injury updates regarding a couple of key prospects. Banner spoke on left-handed pitcher Brailyn Marquez and the organization's top-rated prospect outfield prospect Brennen Davis.
Well, this isn’t exactly the news we were hoping for regarding Brailyn Marquez. Banner said Marquez underwent season-ending debridement surgery on his left shoulder. According to MLB Pipeline, Marquez was the highest-ranked prospect in the team’s organization as recently as 2020. As it stands now, Marquez ranks 10th on their list.
The power-throwing southpaw hasn’t pitched in a game due to injuries since his lone appearance with the Major League club on September 27, 2020. He was called up that season after dominating different levels of the minors in 2018 and 2019. Marquez was known as the hardest throwing lefty in the minors after touching 102 MPH.
Although he currently sits at 10th among Cubs prospects on MLB.com, you have to imagine that Marquez will fall somewhere outside of the top 20-25 range after season-ending shoulder surgery and barely pitching for three seasons. The lefty has explosive stuff, but if he can’t stay on the mound, he can’t be relied on for the future. Those concerns support the Cubs’ plan of drafting a plethora of high-upside pitchers in the 2022 MLB Draft.
Earlier this month, Chicago Cubs’ GM Carter Hawkins said Brennen Davis’s back issue was less severe than initially thought. He also said they’d get him some games in August. On Monday, Jared Banner reinforced that idea, saying Davis could return to game action at the Arizona Complex League within 2-3 weeks.
This is excellent news for the Cubs’ top-ranked prospect. The 22-year-old has been out of action since May 3. Before going down with a back injury, Davis hit only .195 with two homers in 22 games at Triple-A Iowa. Davis also took to Twitter with a video promoting his bobblehead night on July 27 at the South Bend Cubs game.