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Jose Suarez to Debut For LA Angels Sunday

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: Cesar Puello #48 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored two runs in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: Cesar Puello #48 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored two runs in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Jose Suarez, the Los Angeles Angels top left-handed pitching prospect, will make his Major League debut Sunday in the series finale in Seattle. 

When the Los Angeles Angels take the field Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Park, they will do so supporting Jose Suarez, the latest new face in the Angels rotation. Suarez, 21, is 2-0 with a 3.91 in AAA Salt Lake City, solid numbers for the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

While Suarez lacks high-90’s velocity, he remains a strikeout pitcher who has pinpoint accuracy and can change speeds and locate pitches to fool hitters. 

In 2018, across three levels, Suarez posted 142 strikeouts to 44 walks, demonstration his ability to dominate hitters with a devastating change-up, part of a fastball/curveball/Change-up arsenal which keeps hitters guessing.

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The Angels remain in Wild Card contention despite getting awful results from their starting rotation until recently. Griffin Canning, the Angels’ top pitching prospect, has dazzled in Anaheim, joining Andrew Heaney, who made his season debut in his return from injury, at the top of a revamped Angels rotation which also features lefty Tyler Skaggs, Felix Peña, who has been solid since the  team has started an opener in his games, and Trevor Cahill, who has disappointed since he was named the club’s Opening Day starter.

Though Suarez is only 21 years old, he has shown enough in the minors to possibly be a factor in the Angels’ Wild Card chase. If anything, his stellar rise through the minors has earned him a look, as the Angels look for another solid starter from  a pool which includes Suarez, Jaime Barria, and Nick Tropeano at Salt Lake City.

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Suarez will get his turn Sunday to show what he can do. If he stays, he will be yet another member of the Angels’ youth movement, one that has reinvigorated a disappointing team and moved it back into contention.

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