Baseball America reports the Cincinnati Reds have signed RHP Soid Marquez. No figures were disclosed on how much the 16-year-old Venezuelan received as a signing bonus.
BA ranked Marquez (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) the 38th-best prospect available internationally this year, although some scouts consider him one of the top two or three pitchers in Latin America. The biggest knock on Marquez is an inconsistent fastball that has hit 89, but often ranges from 85 to 88. Marquez is projectable, however, and figures to reach the low 90s in time.
Marquez also has some effort to his delivery, although BA reports his motion is solid and the ball comes out of his hand well. Marquez's best present feature is one of the most advanced curves among all Latin American pitchers. He also throws a promising change and consistently throws strikes.
Marquez pitched for Venezuela in the 16-under World Championships in Mexico. In 12 2/3 innings, he allowed 14 runs (eight earned), struck out 11 and walked seven.
(UPDATE from RSC:) Whle Marquez was not among BA's top-most tier international talents when the signing period began in July, he generated some good buzz. LIke maybe a mellow, loopy feeling with some visuals?
Some Marquez links:
- Full scouting report from BA (Subscription only)
- Story from 16U Championships (Venezuela vs. Australia)
- MLB.com forum on international talent mentioning Marquez