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José Suarez

Born: 01/03/1998 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 225
Stocky southpaw, thick ass, some belly, short limbs, higher-maintenance frame, laid-back demeanor, keeps cool; fluid takeaway, tight and clean arm action, ball appears late from high-three-quarters slot; quality extension, generates plane from higher slot with out-front release, creates a tick or two of perceived velo; delivery will cut off, occasional dead-arm on finish, mild recoil with a little effort; consistent mechanics, repeats well, above-average command and control projection
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/31/2018
Affiliate Inland Empire 66ers (High A, Angels)
Dates Seen 4/12/18
OFP 55
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 92-94 95 Solid tail, ball gets up on guys quickly, velo plays up with late pick-up, life into the zone with late movement off barrels, tough pitch to lift; spots it well to all four quadrants, confidence to attack hands on both sides of the plate, will cut it in to righties; advanced pitch for High-A.
CH 60 81-83 83 Straight change, solid-average drop, above-average velo separation, ball really checks up; excellent arm speed and salesmanship, feel comes and goes, will drop it in any time, controls it in the zone, well above-average deception, swing-miss pitch with potential for true plus utility.
CB 55 74-79 81 Inconsistent pitch but flashes above-average; shape-shifter, velo and tilt fluctuates, flashes two-plane movement with quality finish, goes to it early in counts ball-to-strike, will front- and back-door it ahead, comfortable working it in the zone; showed less present utility as a chaser, got around some and hung 'em, still some projection to this pitch.

Signed as an IFA for $300,000 out of Venezuela in 2014, Suarez has really come into his own over the last calendar year, adding velo while maintaining solid underlying command of his physicality. He repeats well and generates out-sized extension and plane for his 5-foot-10 frame, with the potential for three above-average or better pitches that play true thanks to above-average command and control, and some deception that helps his already-very-solid stuff play up further still. He's too good for High-A already, and has the look of a rapid riser towards a slot in the middle of a quality big-league rotation.

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