Albert Suarez
Albert Suarez
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Suarez was a Rule 5 pick by Arizona, who plucked him from the Giants after he spent the past two seasons on the San Francisco-to-Sacramento shuttle bus. He was mostly used as a starter in Triple-A and the big leagues in 2016, but did a poor job missing bats at the big-league level. The Giants converted him to a full-time reliever last season, but he worked just over 40 innings across multiple levels while dealing with a sore shoulder for a good portion of the first half. He saw a nice jump in his strikeout rate while working in relief and will likely have a home in the Arizona bullpen since he must remain on the active roster in order for the club to keep him. His role will likely be to soak up low-leverage work while Arizona sees if there is anything more to this 27-year-old pitcher. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Giants in November of 2015.
Outrighted to Triple-A
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
March 27, 2018
Suarez was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
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Suarez, who was designated for assignment over the weekend, will stick in the Diamondbacks' system after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old owns a 4.51 ERA across two major-league seasons (115.2 innings) and will serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2018.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .254 231 33 21 51 17 4 3
Since 2016vs Right .255 259 55 16 61 19 1 12
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .255 56 12 5 13 5 1 0
2017vs Right .211 79 22 6 15 2 0 4
2016vs Left .253 175 21 16 38 12 3 3
2016vs Right .274 180 33 10 46 17 1 8
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Since 2016
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.21 1.14 55.0 2 3 1 7.4 2.3 0.8
Since 2016Away 5.73 1.42 59.2 1 5 0 6.3 3.5 1.5
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 3.31 0.92 16.1 0 1 1 12.1 1.1 1.1
2017Away 7.04 1.57 15.1 0 2 0 7.0 5.3 1.2
2016Home 3.18 1.24 39.2 2 2 0 5.4 2.7 0.7
2016Away 5.28 1.38 44.1 1 3 0 6.1 2.8 1.6
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Suarez -- a career minor leaguer -- was called upon to serve as the Giants' fifth starter and long man throughout the 2016 season. In 22 appearances (12 starts) he put up pedestrian strikeout numbers (5.8 K/9) and a 4.34 ERA. He did a good job of keeping the Giants in games, consistently going five or six innings before giving way to the bullpen. Suarez relies on getting groundball outs with his sinker (47.9 percent groundball rate) while mixing three offspeed pitches. If the Giants elect to keep him on the major league roster, they will likely deploy him as their primary long reliever.
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Designated for assignment
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
March 24, 2018
Suarez was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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Competing for long-relief role
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
March 19, 2018
Suarez has given up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks across 9.2 innings in the Cactus League while striking out eight batters.
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Goes to D-backs in Rule 5 draft
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
December 14, 2017
Suarez was selected by the Diamondbacks with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.
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Elects free agency
PFree Agent  AAA
December 2, 2017
Suarez elected free agency Friday.
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Clean relief appearance
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
September 13, 2017
Suarez recorded four outs without allowing a baserunner in a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
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