This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This week I'll look at both central divisions for prospects who might be included in trades or who might get a chance to play a role on a big-league roster next season.
The talent of each is in the eye of the beholder.
45 = utility, part-time player with a platoon possible
50 = a regular player in the lineup daily with less probability of being platooned
55 = an above average player with multiple skills
National League Central
Brailyn Marquez, LHP, Cubs
Big and strong at 6-foot-4, 185, left-handed starter Brailyn Marquez came to the Cubs as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2015. He will be 22 when the 2021 season begins.
Marquez is the highest-rated Cubs prospect by most analysts.
He got into one game for the team this past season, throwing 0.2 and yielding two hits and five runs. He walked three.
Marquez throws a fastball in the 93-96 range. He also has a curve and a changeup. He does have a slider, but it isn't as prominent a pitch for him yet. Using a cross-fire delivery, Marquez has been known to hit 102 miles per hour, which is why he's so highly touted. His upside is real.
He uses the short-arm delivery we saw so much of this past season (see Lucas Giolito) and has very little effort in his mechanics.
Marquez is a pitcher to target on a club that is woefully weak on starters. He