The San Francisco Giants are beginning to ramp up their Spring Training practices. This included facing live pitching against Madison Bumgarner. However, it was a different left-handed pitcher opening eyes.
Andrew Suarez will not likely win one of the remaining spots in the rotation this spring. Despite this, he can still put his name on the map for the Giants coaches and executives.
As a second round pick in 2015 out of the University of Miami, Suarez is one of the top prospects in the Giants farm system. At the age of 25, it is only a matter of time before the southpaw makes the road trip to AT&T Park.
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Suarez has a 3.24 career ERA in the minor leagues, and pitched effectively late into the season for Sacramento last year. He did not get called-up last season as a strategic move to keep as many roster spots open for players such as Tyler Beede and Aramis Garcia. Both Beede and Garcia needed to be added to the roster for Rule 5 Draft protection in December.
Suraez has a solid repertoire of pitches including a fastball, changeup, and slider. In addition to this, he has a good feel for his pitches. He has a plan on the mound, and can execute. That is a good quality to have, especially with young, left-handed pitchers.
Despite allowing Andrew McCutchen to hit a ball 430 feet away, Andrew Suarez still impressed. He caught the attention from the coaches with his pitch quality and deceptive delivery.
In a very small sample, Suarez appears to have made a good, first impression. Given his prospect pedigree and impressive minor league statistics, Andrew Suarez may soon force his way into the discussion for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation.