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Rockies pitching prospect German Marquez continues to thrive in Double-A

Rockies prospect and farm report for games from July 8, 2016.

Trades aren't zero sum transactions, and they don't create competition between the teams participating. There are not always winners and losers. Sometimes, both teams win because each one gets what they need given their situation. They can also both lose, and then there's that expansive area in between winning and losing. Still, trades are viewed in terms of winning and losing because it's a natural way to evaluate a transaction. This continues well after a trade takes place.

Last winter, the Rockies exchanged major-leaguer Corey Dickerson and minor-leaguer Kevin Padlo for major-leaguer Jake McGee and minor-leaguer German Marquez. McGee has been bad, but so has Dickerson. Perhaps that's a wash. Padlo, who tore up Short Season-A in 2015 after being demoted due to poor play in Low-A, is again playing poorly in Low-A. Marquez, however, has been a revelation in Double-A. So much so that he's earned several top 10 votes in our most recent PuRP rankings.

Last night, Marquez was efficient and effective through eight innings for the Hartford Yard Goats. In those eight innings, Marquez allowed seven hits and two runs. More importantly, he struck out nine batters and didn't walk anybody, and he threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes. His big blemish was that he gave up a home run to Yoan Moncada, who Baseball Prospectus recently named the second best prospect in the minors in their midseason top 50.

For the season, Marquez lowered his ERA to 2.63. He has a FIP around 3.50, has struck out more than eight batters per nine innings, and has walked just over two batters per nine. Not only that, but he's done all of this against competition on average three and a half years older than him. The Purple Row community overreacted to Jesus Tinoco's post-trade performance at Low-A Asheville last season, but Marquez is doing this in Double-A, and he's been doing it for the whole season. Marquez has been great, and he's not too far away. It looks like a win.

Oh, and Marquez's performance was the second best of the evening among Rockies pitching prospects. The other notable showings:

Albuquerque 9, Las Vegas 8 (Game 1)| MiLB.com Box

Notables

David Dahl, 1-4, BB

Tom Murphy, 3-3, HR, RBI, BB

Jordan Patterson, 2-3, 2B

Harrison Musgrave, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 3 K

Miguel Castro, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Albuquerque 5, Las Vegas 3 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

David Dahl, 1-3

Dustin Garneau, 1-4, RBI, 2 K

Ben Paulsen, 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, K

Jordan Patterson, 1-3, RBI

Eddie Butler, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Hartford 4, Portland 2 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Raimel Tapia, 1-3

Ryan McMahon, 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Lake Elsinore 3, Modesto 2 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Forrest Wall, 1-5, 2 K

Wes Rogers, 1-5, 3B, K

Dom Nunez, 1-4, RBI

Ryan Castellani, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 11 K

Charleston 10, Asheville 4 (Game 1) | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Brendan Rodgers, 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

Brian Mundell, 0-3

Asheville 7, Charleston 6 (9) (Game 2) | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Brendan Rodgers, 3-5, HR, 2 RBI

Brian Mundell, 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, K

Peter Lambert, 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Ben Bowden, 0.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Boise 3, Spokane 1 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Garret Hampson, 0-4, K

Willie Abreu, 1-3, BB

Ogden 8, Grand Junction 5 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Manuel Melendez, 1-3, 2 BB, K

Colton Welker, 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, K

Vince Fernandez, 2-4, 2B, 2 K

Mike Nikorak, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Rockies 2 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Daniel Montano, 1-3, BB, K

Hidekel Gonzalez, 1-4, 2B, RBI, K

Wasner Peguero, 1-3, BB, 2 K

Ever Moya, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Christian Bergman

Double-A Hartford (Game1): Konnor Wade

Double-A Hartford (Game 2): Carlos Hernandez

High-A Modesto: Yency Almonte

Low-A Asheville: Jesus Tinoco

Short Season-A Boise: Breiling Eusibio

Rookie Grand Junction: Bryan Baker

DSL Rockies: TBD