Suarez, Andrew

2014 Draft Profile: Andrew Suarez

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School: Miami; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-2; Weight: 205 pounds

Previously Drafted: Toronto Blue Jays, 9th round, 2011

 

Background: How’s this for a roller coaster ride? Suarez was a fairly highly sought after prospect in high school – the Blue Jays drafted him in the ninth round – but he stayed south to attend the University of Miami. After logging just 2.1 innings with the Canes, a previous shoulder injury forced him under the knife, subsequently missing the rest of the year.

Suarez eventually came back in 2013, but the numbers were, well, less than impressive – 86.2 IP, 57 Ks, and 19 BBs. He looked every bit the part of a finesse collegiate left-hander who, if he’s lucky, would get drafted the latter rounds.

Well, another year removed from shoulder surgery and the 6-foot-2 lefty looks like an early round pick, potentially going in the first part of the second round. Through his first 13 games (92.1 IP), he’s fanned a career high 70 walked 15.

 

Projection: Suarez has been one of the biggest risers this spring. He’s still not missing a whole lot of bats yet – just 6.82 K/9 this season. The control is a reliable, above-average skill, but he’s also been quite hittable too – 11 doubles, four triples, and three homeruns, the most extra-base hits surrendered by any of Miami’s top three starters.

Solid backend rotation-type arm, peaking as a fringe #3 but should settle in as a solid #4/#5.

 

Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer via orangeandwhite.com.



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.