Ranger Suárez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 217 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/26/1995 (27)
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The Philadelphia Phillies and left-handed starting pitcher Ranger Suarez avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million deal. In a full-time starter role in the big leagues for the first time, Suarez handled himself rather well in 2022, going 10-7 with a 3.65 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.33 WHIP and 19.5 percent strikeout rate in 155 1/3 frames over 29 starts. Even more exciting was the fact that the 27-year-old southpaw was much better in the second half of the year and in the playoffs to help the Phillies to a World Series appearance. Suarez doesn't strike out a ton of batters (career 7.9 K/9) and isn't overpowering anyone, so he'll need to continue to induce weak contact in order to thrive for fantasy managers in mixed leagues in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler will make the start against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series on Saturday, but left-hander Ranger Suarez will also be available in a must-win game, according to manager Rob Thomson. If Suarez comes into Saturday's game, right-hander Aaron Nola would start a potential Game 7 on Sunday in Houston, but "probably not on a full pitch count," Thomson said. Nola just started in Game 4 on Wednesday. If Suarez is not used in Saturday's game, he's in line to start Game 7 on Sunday. The 27-year-old Venezuelan southpaw threw five shutout innings and gave up three hits while walking one and fanning four to pick up the win over Houston in Game 3 on Tuesday.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez was not initially scheduled to start Game 3 of the World Series when it was scheduled for Monday night, but the rain postponement allowed him to pitch on Tuesday and he delivered on the opportunity, shutting down the Houston Astros for five innings. Suarez earned the win by allowing no runs on three hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four batters. Suarez has been dominant this postseason, with a 1.23 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, 13 strikeouts, two wins, and a save in five games and 14 2/3 innings.
Utilized primarily as a reliever until the second half of 2021, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez broke out to the tune of an 8-5 record, a 1.36 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 107 strikeouts over 106 innings pitched. Over 12 starts, all after the All-Star break, Surez posted a 3-2 record to go with a 1.51 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP over 65 2/3 IP. Heavy reliance on his sinker, changeup, and four-seam fastball with solid movement (albeit average velocity of 93.7 mph), resulted in a 31.4% hard-hit rate and 3% barrel rate which were in the top 7% and 2% in all of MLB, respectively. His slider generated a launch angle of negative 1% and his changeup generated a launch angle of just 4%. This resulted in a high ground ball rate of 59.7% (well ahead of the MLB average of 45.1%) and a low line drive rate of 16.8%. Soft contact coupled with a high ground ball rate helped Surez keep the ball in the yard, where he allowed just four homers in 2021. His xwOBA of just .250 was tenth in all of MLB, and behind just two other starting pitchers (Jacob deGrom and Corbin Burnes). Additionally, an xERA of 2.62 and xBA of .204 further supported his 2021 breakout. Surez currently has a somewhat low ADP of 168, primarily fueled by uncertainty as to whether his 2021 breakout was legitimate. Prior to 2021, Surez only threw 67 2/3 IP in the majors, and, given the fact that he had just 12 starts in 2021, there is, admittedly, not too much history to go on here. That said, his underlying metrics are reminiscent of the proven, ground-ball heavy Marcus Stroman currently being drafted around pick 160. Surez should build off of 2021 as he enters the Phillies rotation and post a strikeout per inning to go with solid ratios and 170-180 IP in 2022. He could also potentially far exceed these projections (and his current ADP) if he takes the next step.