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Enorbel (Enobel) Márquez Ramírez (Norbert)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 207 lb.
Enorbel Márquez pitched in the Cuban leagues for 3 years before going to Germany, where was for six years through 2009. He then went to Italy to continue his career.
Márquez pitched for Santiago de Cuba, going 6-5 with a 6.50 ERA while in Cuba, allowing 139 hits and 41 walks in 99 2/3 IP. In Germany, he joined the Solingen Alligators in 2004. He was 6-3 with a 2.13 ERA his first year in Germany. He ranked second in WHIP (.95), 6th in ERA, tied for 3rd in opponent average (.199) and tied for third in wins. In 2005, Márquez had a 4-0, 1.11 record in five games. The southpaw improved to 6-1, 1.05 in 2006. He led Bundesliga Nord in ERA and WHIP (0.86), was second in opponent average (.184) and tied for third in victories.
The Cuban left-hander posted a 7-1, 1.21 record in 2007. He again led in ERA and WHIP (0.88) and was 4th in strikeouts (60 in 52 IP) and wins. In the 2007 European Cup, Enorbel was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA, earning Solingen's lone win, a victory over Grosseto, a heavily favored Italian team. He was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA for the German national team in the 2007 European Championship, helping them to a 4th-place finish. He made the tourney All-Star team as the top left-handed pitcher. He remained with the German team for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. Against the Venezuelan national team, he allowed one run and fanned 7 in 6 innings in a loss. He allowed only four runs in a complete game against an Australian national team loaded with major leaguers and players from the high minors. Overall, he was 0-2 but his 3.21 ERA was the best by far of any German pitcher who did not face weak Thailand.
Through 2007, Márquez was among the all-time German national team leaders in ERA (2.17, 1st), strikeouts (32, tied for 9th), wins (3, tied for fifth) and WHIP (1.38, 9th).
Márquez was 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament as one of Germany's stars. He allowed only 11 hits in 17 innings. He pitched a 5-hit shutout against Spain, which had beaten Germany in the Bronze Medal game of the prior two European Championships. He allowed only three runs in eight innings against a Mexican national team in a loss to Pablo Ortega.
Márquez turned in a perfect game on May 24, 2008 against the Bonn Capitals, whiffing 16 in the masterpiece. He was 10-0 with a 1.00 ERA that season, striking out 98 in 81 innings. He was among the northern Bundealiga-1 leaders in ERA (2nd, .04 behind Benigno Ozuna), strikeouts (1st by 18 over Eugen Heilmann), wins (3rd behind Heilmann and Andre Hughes), innings (5th) and WHIP (1st, .90).
In 2009, Enorbel was 9-1 with a 0.91 ERA and finished among the league's best in ERA (1st, the only hurler under 2), strikeouts (96, 1st, 1 ahead of Tim Henkenjohann), wins (1st, 1 over Heilmann), innings (69, 6th) and opponent OPS (444, 1st).
For 2010, he signed with Italy's Telemarket Rimini club, joining fellow Cuban Laidel Chapellí. A day after Rimini announced the signing, Nettuno (another Italian club) claimed that they had signed Márquez for 2010; Enorbel claimed the Rimini signing was the only valid one. The ruling was upheld by Judge Vincenzo La Rocca of the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation. He debuted in Italy on April 3 with 3 runs in six innings in a good start before being relieved by Chris Di Roma in a 8-4 win over Grosseto. Márquez got the victory over Chris Cooper.