Andrew Suarez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A stat like xFIP heavily regresses home-run numbers and suggests a player like Suarez is something close to a true-talent high-3.00s ERA pitcher. The problem is, Suarez's stuff is entirely pedestrian and there's little reason to think his home-run rate will regress toward the league average. The lefty finished last season with a well-above-average groundball rate (51.3%), but even so had a 1.29 HR/9. That number jumped to 1.49 when he didn't have AT&T Park dampening his opponents' power. Right-handers combined for a .286/.348/.504 line and a 43.6% hard-hit rate against Suarez. Suarez averages just over 92 mph with his fastball and only his changeup grades out as even average among his secondary offerings. The Giants will need Suarez to chew up innings in a rebuilding year, but he's a home streaming option at best, and even in home starts, his upside is limited (7.1 K/9 at home last season). Read Past Outlooks
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Will stick in rotation
PSan Francisco Giants
May 20, 2019
Suarez will remain in San Francisco's starting rotation moving forward, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Suarez gave up three runs over six frames in his 2019 debut, and he evidently convinced his skipper to keep him in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The Giants currently have 14 pitchers on their 25-man roster, so with Suarez remaining in the rotation, a move is expected to be made Tuesday to add an infielder.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .208 171 32 6 33 4 2 1
Since 2017vs Right .286 519 103 43 134 22 5 24
2019vs Left .200 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .188 19 5 3 3 1 0 2
2018vs Left .208 165 32 5 32 4 2 1
2018vs Right .290 500 98 40 131 21 5 22
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 3.80 1.12 87.2 4 7 0 7.1 2.4 1.2
Since 2017Away 5.26 1.50 78.2 3 7 0 7.6 3.0 1.5
2019Home 4.50 1.33 6.0 0 1 0 7.5 6.0 3.0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 3.75 1.10 81.2 4 6 0 7.1 2.1 1.1
2018Away 5.26 1.50 78.2 3 7 0 7.6 3.0 1.5
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Suarez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
91.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
93.3 mph
Spin Rate
1864 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Giants' 2015 second-round pick was promoted to Double-A Richmond in 2016, finishing with a 3.95 ERA in 19 starts. While the ERA left room for improvement, Suarez exhibited his excellent control in posting a 3.8 K/BB ratio. The southpaw relies mainly on his low-90s fastball and slider to attack the opposition, but he does mix in a changeup to keep hitters honest. He will undoubtedly start the year in the minors, but Suarez isn't too far away from the majors. He could put on the fast track if he gets off to a hot start in 2017.
Suarez moved swiftly through the minors after being drafted by the Giants this past summer, going from rookie ball to short season, and reaching High-A San Jose before year's end. He posted great numbers at all three levels. Like the player that was selected before him (Chris Shaw), Suarez was drafted to address a glaring need within the Giants' farm system; in this case, left-handed starters. At age 23, Suarez possesses excellent control and should progress through the minors quickly. He doesn't have huge upside, but could be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter. Those in keeper and dynasty leagues will want to aim a little higher.
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Walks four in loss
PSan Francisco Giants
May 20, 2019
Suarez (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits and four walks Monday, taking the loss against the Braves. He struck out five and yielded two homers.
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Officially promoted
PSan Francisco Giants
May 20, 2019
Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Maria I. Guardado of reports.
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Set to start Monday
PSan Francisco Giants
May 19, 2019
Suarez will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to start Monday's game against the Braves, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Knocked around for five runs
PSan Francisco Giants
May 14, 2019
Suarez allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 5.1 innings in Triple-A Sacramento's loss to El Paso on Monday.
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Battling hamstring strain
PSan Francisco Giants
April 23, 2019
Suarez suffered a Grade 1 left hamstring strain in his most recent start Saturday for Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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