Marquez on Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Rockies right-hander led all Major League rookies in quality starts

Marquez on Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher German Marquez, who led Major League rookies in quality starts and tied for the lead in wins, was named to the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team on Tuesday, as announced on MLB Network.

Marquez, 22, went 11-7 with a 4.39 ERA in 29 starts and 162 innings. He finished with 14 quality starts (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed) to become the second straight Rockies pitcher to lead Major League rookies in that category. Jon Gray had 16 in 2016.

Marquez's wins tied him with Rockies lefty teammate Kyle Freeland. In fact, another Rockies rookie, Antonio Senzatela, was one back with 10 wins.

Obtained in a trade with the Rays before the 2016 season, Marquez made the Rockies this year out of Spring Training, but he didn't make an appearance before being sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque on April 9. He was recalled on April 25 and stayed in the big leagues for the remainder of the season. Marquez set a club rookie record by making six straight quality starts from July 7 to Aug. 8.

Harding on Marquez's development

Also, by striking out nine Padres on July 17, nine Pirates on July 22 and 10 Nationals on July 29 -- all victories as part of a personal four-game win streak and a seven-game unbeaten streak -- Marquez became the first Major League rookie to fan at least nine in three straight games since the Reds' Raisel Iglesias in 2015.

Topps has selected All-Star Rookie Teams since 1959. The 2017 team consists of one Major Leaguer at each fielding position, plus one right-handed starter, one lefty starter and one reliever.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb andlike his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.