Cubs left-hander Brailyn Márquez underwent debridement surgery on his throwing shoulder last month, vice president of player development Jared Banner told reporters (including Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune). He’ll miss the remainder of the 2022 season.
It’s a second consecutive lost season for Márquez, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in an affiliated game since 2020. That was a lone appearance during which he recorded two outs in relief to make his major league debut. He otherwise spent the abbreviated season at the alternate training site, and he’s lost each of the past two years to injury.
Before the health woes set him off track, Márquez was regarded as one of the sport’s most promising arms. He placed among Baseball America’s top 100 prospects entering both the 2020 and ’21 campaigns, showing mid-rotation or better upside when healthy. Márquez averaged around 98 MPH on his heater during his lone big league outing, flashing the power arm that led BA to place a top-of-the-scale grade on his fastball.
Márquez is still only 23 years old, so there’s a fair bit of time for him to made good on his promise if he can put the shoulder woes behind him. He’s spent the past two seasons on the minor league injured list, so he’s collected all of three days of major league service to date. He’s continued to count for a spot on Chicago’s 40-man roster throughout that time, and he’ll remain on the roster while on the minor league IL. Chicago could elect to recall Márquez and place him on the major league 60-day IL at any time to clear a roster spot, but doing would require paying him at the prorated portion of the $700K MLB minimum salary.