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Cubs minor leaguer throws near no-hitter

Good pitching can sometimes seem contagious. For the Cubs, it seems to have traveled through their organization.

A couple of weeks after Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter for the Cubs, a minor leaguer in their system nearly repeated the feat.

Right-handed pitcher Brad Markey took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for the class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans before letting up his first hit.

Markey would give up a hit to the leadoff hitter in the eighth inning, a base runner who would eventually score.

The game would be postponed due to rain in the ninth inning. However, Markey’s performance was already in the books.

Markey was drafted by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2014 draft. He isn’t yet among their top prospects, but after a performance like Thursday night’s he may be soon. Markey was recently named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week.