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Could LA Angels prospect Jose Suarez Wally Pipp Matt Harvey?

By David Rice
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - MAY 24: The sky is the limit and LA Angels prospect Luis Alvarado has been flying high so far in the minors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - MAY 24: The sky is the limit and LA Angels prospect Luis Alvarado has been flying high so far in the minors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels have had injuries to its pitching staff which is not unusual.  The silver lining is that it has opened up opportunities for some prospects.

One of these prospects is Jose Suarez, a left-handed pitcher in the LA Angels minor league system who so far has been tearing it up. Suarez will be called up for Sunday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners and will make his first major league start. If Suarez pitches well, could he knock Matt Harvey or even Trevor Cahill out of the rotation?

So far this season for the Salt Lake City Bees Suarez has made four starts and five total appearances going 2-0 with a 391 ERA and a 1.304 WHIP.  He has struck out 20 batters in 23 innings. Compare this to Harvey and Cahill’s numbers. Cahill is 2-5 with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Harvey is even worse 2-4 with 7.52 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. In addition, the pair have combined to allow 27 home runs.  Suarez could be a welcome change for the Angels

Suarez will fill in Harvey’s spot in the rotation that Nick Tropeano filled on Tuesday night.  Tropeano was sent back to Salt Lake City on Wednesday so that the Angels could bring up reliever Jake Jewell to hep a depleted bullpen.

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Suarez throws in the low-to-mid 90’s with his fastball and can also throw a curve and a slider.  He will be the third Bees’ starting pitcher to be promoted this season with Griffin Canning and Nick Tropeano preceding him.

Canning is still on the Angels and has pitched very well in his five starts.

Tropeano did not itch badly on Tuesday, but got a no-decision.  How will Suarez fare is anyone’s guess, but he seemed poised to make an impact for the Angels and hopefully help them take the series form the Mariners.

With Canning and Suarez both making their debuts this season we are potentially seeing the starting rotation of the future.  Hopefully Suarez will fair as well as Canning has done so far.  Suarez will have an opportunity to show his stuff to the Major League teams.  Suarez will get the opportunity and hoped to make some Rodney doing it.


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So let’s see what happens on Sunday.  It will be interesting.

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