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Andrew Suarez

#73 | LHP | CardinalsSTL
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Andrew Suarez
Name: Andrew Jose Suarez
Born: Sep 11, 1992 in Miami, FL
High School: Columbus HS, Miami
High School: Miami
College: Miami
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 187 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (61st overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2015 (signed for $1,010,100)
Suarez has helped lead Miami to its best season since 2008, and in the process he has helped his draft stock significantly by remaining healthy. He was a high-profile recruit for the Hurricanes who was an unsigned Blue Jays ninth-round pick in 2011. He missed most of his freshman year with a shoulder injury that required labrum surgery but has pitched more than 170 innings since, flashing above-average stuff while regularly pitching with above-average control. Suarez's fastball was up to 95 mph last fall, with a commensurate jump in slider velocity to the low- to mid-80s. He hasn't maintained that power pitching every weekend this spring, pitching with average fastball velocity more regularly at 88-91 while flashing plus with the slider, topping out at 83. He has a good feel for the changeup and has pounded the strike zone all spring. If Suarez can regain his fall power while still throwing boatloads of strikes, he has a mid-rotation ceiling. As he is now, he offers a polished strike thrower with a back-of-the-rotation profile.
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