As this year goes along we are seeing multiple reasons why the LA Angels farm system has been ranked among the top 10 best in baseball.
LA Angels lefty Jose Suarez was said to be major-league ready coming into Spring Training, but many people still didn’t believe the hype. Suarez is showing that he is for real as he put together another solid outing Saturday in beating the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
Suarez has won two of his first three starts and despite not making it through five innings in his second start he has looked very good in his first three career outings. So far Suarez is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
On Saturday Suarez shut down the Rays league-leading offense on only two hits through five innings. In the sixth inning Suarez got into some trouble on two bloop hits and then a three-run homer by Yandy Diaz that cut the Angels lead to just one at 4-3. Suarez came back and got Ji-Man Choi to ground out before giving way to Cam Bedrosian who struck out Willy Adames to end the threat.
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Suarez continues to get better each start and is looking more and more like he belongs in the big leagues rather than in Triple-A. There will be some tough moments for sure for Suarez as he goes along this season. However, if the Angels are patient with Suarez, he could become a mainstay in the rotation for years to come.
In 2020 when Shohei Ohtani is hopefully back to full health the Angels could have a rotation where all five starters are under 30 years old (Ohtani, Canning, Suarez, Skaggs, and Heaney).
Couple this rotation with a solid, young nucleus in the bullpen of Keynan Middleton, Justin Anderson, Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, and Cam Bedrosian and now you have a team that could contend for years to come with Trout, Ohtani, Simmons, Upton, Pujols, and Fletcher providing the offense.
The future looks bright for Jose Suarez and even more so for the Angels.