Jose Suarez –
Jose Suarez is a name that has been relative unknown to most Angel fans, but he is a name that you may get more familiar with this season. Suarez is a pitcher who like Canning has seen a meteoric rise over the past season and could also make the jump to the Angels as early as this season.
When the Angels signed Suarez as a free agent in July of 2014 season they were hoping he would possibly pan out as maybe someone they could use in the bullpen. However, the left-hander’s growth over the last two seasons.
In 2017 Suarez started in the Arizona League making three starts going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA striking out 19 batters in 14 innings. He then was promoted to Low Single-A Burlington and continued to pitch well going 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA striking out 71 batters in 54.2 innings to finish the year with a 6-1 record and a 3.28 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of work.
Then in 2018 Suarez like Canning made two starts for the Inland Empire 66’ers striking out 18 batters in only nine innings and thus was whisked off to Double-A Mobile where he made seven more starts going 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA striking out 51 more batters 29.2 innings of work.
So Suarez was then promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake City where he leveled off some going 1-4 with a 4.48 ERA striking out 73 batters in 78.1 Innings. Suarez ended the season 3-6 with a 3.92 ERA striking out 142 batters in 117 innings. Although Suarez’s Triple-A numbers were less than spectacular he is still on the Angels radar as a pitcher who they might call upon if needed this season and at the very least will probably get a call-up in September.
If Suarez pitches really well in Spring Training he could earn a spot in the Angels bullpen to start the season. He is ranked as the Angels fourth best prospect behind Adell, Canning, and also Jahmai Jones. He is definitely a pitcher to keep your eye on over the next couple of seasons.