Spin specialist: Marquez's repertoire evolving – MLB.com

DENVER — Hand speed was the topic of conversation on a warm morning at the Rockies’ Spring Training facility last year. Bullpen coach Darren Holmes, a respected specialist at identifying the skill, was talking, while pitching coach Steve Foster listened intently. 

The subject: German Marquez, the flamethrowing Rockies right-hander who the club had acquired one year prior in a trade that sent Corey Dickerson to the Rays, and who entered camp battling for a rotation spot. 

DENVER — Hand speed was the topic of conversation on a warm morning at the Rockies’ Spring Training facility last year. Bullpen coach Darren Holmes, a respected specialist at identifying the skill, was talking, while pitching coach Steve Foster listened intently. 

The subject: German Marquez, the flamethrowing Rockies right-hander who the club had acquired one year prior in a trade that sent Corey Dickerson to the Rays, and who entered camp battling for a rotation spot. 

“I think this guy needs a slider,” Holmes said, but putting it on the backburner while Marquez continued to hone the location woes he possessed on his fastball, which touched triple digits velocity. 

It’s been a year and a half since that powwow, but it’s remembered vividly among Colorado’s pitching braintrust as the genesis for what has propelled Marquez into the spotlight in the thick of the National League pennant chase. Over his 10 outings since the All-Star break, the Rockies are 7-3 and Marquez has a 2.63 ERA and a whopping 89 strikeouts, a mark that trails only Max Scherzer (95), Carlos Carrasco (94) and Jacob deGrom (89) for the MLB high in that span.

The root of the uptick in punchouts has been the foritifcation of his five-pitch repertoire — the slider, two-seam and four-seam fastballs, which average 95.1 mph, a 12-6 curveball and a

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