Ranger Suarez was your selection as the #16 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Suarez received 64 of 218 votes (29%). Seranthony Dominguez finished second (36, 17%), Darick Hall finished third (23, 11%), Kyle Young finished fourth (20, 9%), and Arquimedes Gamboa finished fifth (14, 6%). Twenty players split the remaining 61 votes.
Ranger Suarez was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela by the Phillies on April 1, 2012.
MLB provided the following scouting report –
Signed back in 2012 as a soft-tossing lefty, Suarez took a while to develop, spending three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League before making his United States debut in 2015. He’s jumped more firmly on the radar in 2017, making his full-season debut and earning a promotion up a level in the process.
Suarez has always had an above-average feel for pitching. His leap forward in 2017 comes courtesy of an uptick of stuff. He will now throw his fastball in the 90-94 mph range. He backs it up with one of the best changeups in the system, thrown 83-85 mph, and a solid 82-84 mph slider. He commands all three pitches well.
With the improved stuff, Suarez has become a legitimate starting pitching prospect. The Phillies have a number of intriguing lefties in the system and an argument could be made that Suarez is close to being at the top of that list.
His scouting grades are – Fastball: 50, Slider: 50, Changeup: 60, Control: 55, Overall: 45
- 2015: GCL – 27.2 IP, 4, BB, 1.3 BB/9, 20 K, 6.5 K/9
- 2016: WPT – 73.2 IP, 24 BB, 2.9 BB/9, 53 K, 6.5 K/9
- 2017: LAK – 85.0 IP, 24 BB, 2.5 BB/9, 90 K, 9.5 K/9
- 2017: CLW – 37.2 IP, 11 BB, 2.6 BB/9, 38 K, 9.1 K/9
Suarez went 2-4 in 8 starts with a 3.82 ERA in Clearwater. He could start the 2018 season in Reading if the Phillies want to challenge the 22-year old.
Next up is your selection for the #17 prospect in the organization. Francisco Morales will be the last player added to the poll. In an earlier article, I had indicated that he would be in the poll as part of MLB’s top 30. By the time I started creating the polls, he must have dropped out of the top 30 when the Phillies acquired Enyel De Los Santos. I didn’t catch that the way I caught J.D. Hammer dropping out when the Phillies signed Abrahan Gutierrez.
Phantasy Camp starts Wednesday. These polls will likely post irregularly for the remainder of the week. I intend to take advantage of everything the experience offers. I hear that some of the Legends spend late nights at the hotel bar. The itinerary indicates that Thursday and Saturday have the possibility of being late nights. I want to keep to the current poll schedule, but I expect there will be some disruption. Sorry.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph
- Tom Eshelman
- Dylan Cozens
- Ranger Suarez