Jose Suarez – Left-Handed Pitcher
Jose Suarez is another player who made a meteoric rise through the Angels farm system in 2018 going from Single-A Inland Empire to Triple-A Salt Lake City in just one season. Suarez started 26 games at the three minor league levels going 3-6 with a 3.92 ERA striking out 142 batters in 117 innings of work and a 1.41 WHIP.
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Suarez had a great strikeout to walk ratio of more than 3 to 1 (142 K’s/44 BB’s). His only issue was that he game up 121 hits in 117 innings of work. With the Angels in dire need of a lefty-specialist Suarez could fill that role nicely if he can prove to be able to get lefties out at a high clip.
Suarez however has very little relief experience only pitching eight games out of the bullpen in three seasons in the minors. The Angels have always like to to use starters as relievers especially early in their careers if they are deemed ready for major league action, so Suarez might be able to do so if needed.
Suarez could also have an outside shot at being the fifth starter in the rotation although he would have to jump both Jaime Barria and Felix Pena to do so, both of whom pitched very well today in their first action of the Spring.
At some point this season you should expect to see Suarez in the majors, but again it might be sooner rather than later.