Robert Suarez

Robert Suarez

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After an impressive debut in the States in 2022, Suarez declined his $5 million player option last November and became a free-agent. A few days later, the right-hander signed a 5-year contract with the Padres, as the team clearly thought highly of him to pay him $10 million per season. Unfortunately, Suarez missed the entire first half of 2023 while recovering from severe elbow inflammation. The soon-to-be 33-year-old made his season debut right after the All-Star break and slid right back into setup duties. Suarez would only pitch 27.2 innings across 26 appearances, however, as he also missed 10 games for the alleged use of a foreign substance. Suarez wound up compiling 4 wins, 9 holds and a 0.90 WHIP for San Diego last year and figures to have a leg up for closing duties in 2024. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $46 million contract with the Padres in November of 2022. Contract includes an opt-out clause after the 2025 season.
Shildt declines to name closer
PSan Diego Padres
February 5, 2024
Padres manager Mike Shildt mentioned Suarez and Yuki Matsui as possibilities but declined to name a closer when asked last week, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Shildt also brought up Wandy Peralta as a high-leverage option but, perhaps notably, did not bring up Woo-suk Go's name. The manager indicated that it's possible he could name a closer based on how things go in spring training but also hinted that it might be a committee based on the situation and who is available. While Suarez and Matsui appear to be the guys for fantasy managers to target if they're drafting early, it's a situation that lacks clarity at the moment.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Robert Suarez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Robert Suarez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
Even Split
2023
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2021
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .168 132 34 16 19 6 0 2
Since 2021vs Right .168 167 51 15 25 2 0 6
2023vs Left .146 46 9 4 6 1 0 2
2023vs Right .161 62 15 6 9 1 0 2
2022vs Left .181 86 25 12 13 5 0 0
2022vs Right .172 105 36 9 16 1 0 4
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-64%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 1.53 0.74 35.1 5 1 0 10.7 2.8 0.3
Since 2021Away 4.28 1.23 40.0 4 3 1 9.7 4.5 1.6
2023Home 4.76 0.79 11.1 2 1 0 6.4 3.2 0.8
2023Away 3.86 0.98 16.1 2 2 0 8.8 3.3 1.7
2022Home 0.00 0.71 24.0 3 0 0 12.8 2.6 0.0
2022Away 4.56 1.39 23.2 2 1 1 10.3 5.3 1.5
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Robert Suarez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 2019 data (min 30 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
2.40
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
97.6 mph
 
ERA
4.23
 
WHIP
0.90
 
BABIP
.169
 
GB/FB
1.57
 
Left On Base
61.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2196 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
After pitching in Japan for five seasons, Suarez underwent a bit of an adjustment period in his transition to MLB. The 31-year-old compiled a 4.66 ERA over his first month pitching in the States, but ultimately turned in a fantastic season overall. The rookie right-hander posted a 32% strikeout rate, 2.27 ERA (2.99 SIERA) and 1.05 WHIP across 47.2 innings but was limited to 45 appearances due to a knee injury that required a clean-up procedure in June. Suarez missed two months of action, but he was particularly sharp upon his return, striking out 32 over his final 24.1 innings. He did not allow an earned run at Petco Park all year and established himself as the primary setup man for the Padres. Suarez should maintain that role in 2023, but closing may be in his future after San Diego re-signed him to a five-year, $46 million deal. He'll need to cut down on his walks (11%) to take that next step.
Suarez has never pitched in the States, but he has already made a name for himself in professional baseball. He emerged as one of the top closers in Japan over the last two years. His 2021 season with the Hanshin Tigers was especially impressive, with Suarez posting a 1.16 ERA and 0.77 WHIP to go along with 42 saves. He barely averaged a strikeout per inning in five seasons in Japan, and that simple fact will lead many to doubt Suarez as he transitions to Major League Baseball. However, Suarez has big-league velocity, sitting in the high-90s and reaching triple digits, and he can pull the string on the changeup to get hitters out in front. It's a pitch arsenal that looks like it will play in the majors, and the Padres are betting on it, having signed Suarez to a one-year deal. Bullpen roles are up for grabs in San Diego under new manager Bob Melvin.
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Projected to serve as closer
PSan Diego Padres
January 2, 2024
Suarez is the Padres' projected closer even after the team's addition of Yuki Matsui, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Reinstated from suspension
PSan Diego Padres
September 11, 2023
The Padres reinstated Suarez (suspension) from the restricted list Monday.
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Begins serving suspension
PSan Diego Padres
Not Injury Related
August 31, 2023
Padres manager Bob Melvin said Suarez has dropped the appeal of his 10-game suspension and will begin serving it Thursday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Hit with suspension, will appeal
PSan Diego Padres
August 25, 2023
Suarez was suspended 10 games Friday for the alleged use of foreign substances on the mound during Wednesday's win over Miami, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Pitches scoreless frame in return
PSan Diego Padres
July 22, 2023
Suarez notched a hold against the Tigers on Friday by pitching one perfect inning.
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