Jose Suarez, Left-Handed Pitcher
HT : 5'10
WT : 170 lb.
DOB : Unknown, 16-years-old
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : N/A
Acquired : International Free Agent 2014
Stock : Rising
Cool Notes : Signed for $300K
Who? Yeah, the Angels have a hidden gem who's really climbing the ladder in every sense of the way without throwing a pitch in a professional baseball game. Jose Suarez is so raw and young that there's not much known about him, other than he has some nice tools, and a large projection and potential.
There's a lot of unknowns about Suarez, including a full scouting report. He has a fastball that sits in the high 80's, averaging 86-88, and touching 90 at rare moments. It has some arm side run to it.
Suarez comes with a pairing of off-speed pitches, consisting of a curveball and changeup. Suarez's curveball is already a plus pitch, with a large sweeping motion and strong swing and miss qualities to it. His changeup is well developed for a 16-year-old, and has some good arm side run and late fade to it, coming from a circle change grip. Both these pitches come roughly 10-15 MPH slower than his fastball.
Suarez is listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, but based one some reports, he's a little smaller than listed. He has a lot of projection, and will fill out to a stronger body beyond his teen years. It's unknown how big he'll actually turn out, but if he can add some weight and muscle, expect that velocity to jump drastically in years to come.
Suarez is already known for his pitchability at such a young age. Experience will help his progression. His changeup is already well developed and can only get better, and with added velocity, this guy may find ways to really deal from the mound.
There's no statistics, but according to scouts, Suarez has good command for a teenager. His curveball needs some work, as he leaves it up every now and then, but that's expected with his age. What's not expected is how well he controls his fastball and changeup, and can throw both pitches for strikes in any count.
Suarez will spend at least one year in the Dominican Summer League, if not more. Ricardo Sanchez seems to be the only guy the Angels jumped in his teen years, and he was well ahead of the curve when that happened. Suarez may be ahead of the curve, but he's only 16-years-old. You can't really expect to see him stateside for at least two to three years.
So little is known about Suarez, that he could suddenly be a top of the rotation starter, or back end, or left-handed reliever, or washout at some point. Yeah, it's a weird challenge figuring this guy out, but the tools are there and everyone seems to be pretty stoked about him. His current ETA for the Majors looks to be around 2023, but that's a long ways away to make an accurate estimate.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.