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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
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