RANGER SUAREZ
Nickname:   N/A Position:   LHP
Home: N/A Team:   PHILLIES
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   L
Weight: 180 Throws:   L
DOB: 8/26/1995 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 55  
Birth City: Carora, Venezuela
Draft: 2012 - Phillies - Free agent - Out of Venezuela
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2012 VSL VSL PHILLIES   3 5 2 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 0   0.00
2013 VSL VSL PHILLIES   8 17 18 13 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   3.18
2014 VSL VSL PHILLIES   14 80.2 67 78 1 14 0 0 0 5 4   1.56
2015 GCL GCL PHILLIES   6 27.2 15 20 4 4 0 0 0 3 0   0.65
2016 NYP WILLIAMSPORT   13 73.2 61 53 24 13 2 1 0 6 4   2.81
2017 FSL CLEARWATER   8 37.2 43 38 11 8 0 0 0 2 4   3.82
2017 SAL LAKEWOOD   14 85 52 90 24 14 1 1 0 6 2   1.59
2018 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   9 49.1 48 31 15 9 0 0 0 2 0   2.74
2018 EL READING   12 75 64 54 20 12 1 0 0 4 3   2.76
2018 NL PHILLIES   4 15 21 11 6 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.339 5.40
2019 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   7 38 41 32 10 7 0 0 0 2 2   5.68
2019 NL PHILLIES   37 48.2 52 42 12 0 0 0 0 6 1 0.278 3.14
2020 NL PHILLIES $183.00 3 4 10 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.476 20.25
2021 NL PHILLIES   39 106 73 107 33 12 1 1 4 8 5 0.194 1.36
2022 NL PHILLIES   5 14.2 9 13 6 3 0 0 1 2 0 0.167 1.23
2023 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   2 7 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0   1.29
2023 EL READING   1 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2023 NL PHILLIES   22 125 129 119 48 22 0 0 0 4 6 0.267 4.18
2024 NL PHILLIES   14 86.1 57 91 19 14 1 1 0 10 1 0.186 1.77
Personal
  • April 1, 2012: Suarez signed with the Phillies and scout Jesus Mendez, for $25,000, out of Venezuela.

  • After signing with the Phils, Suarez spent three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League. He compiled 102.2 IP with an insane 4 BB to 95 strikeouts.

  • In 2015, he made his U.S. debut in the GCL, tossing only 27.2 IP but posting a stellar 0.65 ERA with 4 BB and 20 strikeouts.

  • In 2018, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Suarez as the 11th-best prospect in the Phillies organization. He rose to #9 in the winter before 2019 spring training.

  • MLB debut (July 26, 2018): Suarez won his big league debut in a 9-4 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Suarez, the organization's No. 8 prospect, allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked one, struck out three, and allowed two homers.

  • Ranger committed to play for Venezuela in the 2023 WBC. Suárez will make his spring debut for Team Venezuela in the first of the club’s two exhibition games prior to the tournament. 

  • Phillies pitching coach Caleb Cotham says, “I couldn’t have more trust in a pitcher.” The reasons? Suárez’s ability to control an opponent’s running game, field his position as well as any pitcher in baseball, and most of all, attack the zone with five pitches.

    And don’t forget Suárez’s calm approach
    . When he closed out the NLCS last season, Cotham estimates Suárez’s heartbeat was probably at 33 beats per minute. (Weaver/Rosenthal - Sep 21, 2023 - The Athletic)

  • May 3, 2024: Ranger Suárez, PHI, NL Pitcher of the Month

    Suárez has, once again, managed to overshadow the bona fide aces he shares a rotation with
    . Suárez's microscopic 0.63 WHIP in his first six starts led all qualifiers last month; his 1.32 ERA over 41 innings of work ranked second. The 28-year-old has also already recorded a shutout, his first since 2021, a 112-pitch effort against the Rockies on April 16. (SS Chepuru - MLB.com - May 3, 2024)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • April 1, 2012: Suarez signed with the Phillies and scout Jesus Mendez, for $25,000, out of Venezuela.

  • Jan 13, 2023:  The Phillies avoided arbitration with Suarez by agreeing to a one-year contract for $2.9 million.

  • Jan 11, 2024: The Phils agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with Suarez, avoiding arbitration
Pitching
  • Suarez has a FASTBALL velocity that has risen to 90-96 mph, giving him more options to change speeds and make his match-ups more interesting. His CHANGEUP is described as stellar, averaging in mid 80's and generates a lot of ground balls with fade and sink. away from righthanded hitters He also has a SLIDER that is near average with a 45 grade.

    Ranger hides the ball well in his delivery, adding deception that helps his stuff play up.  Suarez doesn't have one wipeout pitch, but he's a smart pitcher who mixes and matches both his stuff and his location. (Spring, 2019)

  • 2018 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 37.3% of the time, his Sinker 23.1%; Change 20.4%; and Slider 19.1% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 92.9 mph, Sinker 91.4, Changeup 84.7, and Slider 82.4 mph.

    2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 23.8% of the time, his Sinker 28.9%; Change 26.8%; and Slider 20.6% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 93.1 mph, Sinker 92.2, Changeup 85.1, and Slider 85.1 mph.

    2022 Season Pitch Usage. Avg. Velo: Sinker 28% - 92 mph; Cutter 22.3% - 89.5 mph; Slider 20.5% - 83.4 mph; Fastball 11.5% - 92.3 mph; Change 11% - 85 mph; Curve 6.5% - 85 mph.

  • Ranger is a successful pitcher at getting soft contact and ground balls. He didn't have the velocity to overpower hitters, so he used finesse to get the ball into play for his defense to handle.

    And while he is still a savvy lefty with great control and pitch-ability, Suarez began incorporating his lower half into his delivery in 2017, and he added another 2 or 3 mph, bringing his heater to as high as 96 mph.

  • Suarez has control of his 3-pitch arsenal. And he understands pitching and how to get hitters out. He reads swings and sets the hitter up to get himself out. He can throw any pitch in any count.

  • Sept. 25, 2021: Suárez threw a complete-game shutout on 97 pitches.

  • 2021 Season: Ranger Suárez started the season out of the bullpen and was impressive right away, going 20 1/3 innings without giving up a single earned run, across 11 games. He had a 5-3 record and 1.12 ERA when he was moved to the starting rotation at the beginning of August.

    Suárez continued to impress in his new role, posting a 3-2 record, 1.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 12 starts. He gave up multiple runs in just three of those starts and slowly increased the length of his outings, pitching six or more innings in his final five starts. His best outing came on September 25 against the Pirates, when he gave up just four hits in a complete game shutout, while striking out seven.

    The southpaw was a refreshing addition to the rotation late in the season and exceeded expectations overall, coming off of a 2020 season where he pitched in just four innings.  (Bryce Turner - Oct. 26, 2021)

  • 2022 Season: While Suárez’s sample size from October and November was small, there is a lot to suggest that the 27-year-old still has his best baseball ahead of him.

    Suárez had an incredible postseason ERA of 1.23, as well as a Walks And Hits Per Inning Pitched (WHIP) of 1.02. However, he has displayed incredible command in different ways since entering the majors for the first time in July 2018.

    The left-handed pitcher from Venezuela has pitched well against lefties his entire big-league career. According to Baseball-Reference, Ranger Suárez has only allowed a batting average of .183 against left-handed batters. He also has only allowed 57 hits while earning 83 strikeouts against southpaw batters in his career.

    Another important aspect of Suárez’s game is that he was not too reliant on his four-seam fastball in 2022. Baseball Savant recorded Suárez throwing his sinker 40.2 percent of the time, while he only turned to his four-seamer 17.7 percent of the time in 2022. This was the lowest percentage of any year of his career, and a big reason why he could gain command on the mound.

    Suárez expanding to a six-pitch arsenal in 2022 — featuring a sinker, changeup, four-seam fastball, cutter, curveball, and a slider — made a huge impact on him reducing his reliance on his fastball.

    Expanding from a four-pitch arsenal allowed Suárez to transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. His desire to expand his game not only made it so Suárez could become a starter in the majors, but it has also allowed him to increase his potential as a ballplayer.  (Travis Williams - Dec. 26, 2022)

  • 2023 Season: Arbitration eligible in ’24, Suarez represents another sticky matter for Phillies management. A winning and generally effective left-handed starter, he wasn’t actually ready to start a game until May 13 this season. He eventually started 22 games but won only 4.

    A six-earned-run mess on September 27 against the Pirates pushed his ERA for the season over 4.00. (Rick Soisson | Oct 27, 2023)

  • April 17, 2024: Suarez pitched his second career complete-game shutout.

  • April 29, 2024: Suarez joined the club of only seven players in Phillies history to pitch 30+ consecutive scoreless innings or more. His name will now be alongside Cliff Lee (who did it twice), Ken Heintzelman, Larry Andersen, and Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander (twice), Steve Carlton, and Robin Roberts. 


  • Suárez is the first Phillies pitcher since Robin Roberts in 1952 to win at least nine consecutive starts. His ERA is the third-lowest by a Phillies pitcher in the first 10 starts of his season since earned runs became an official stat in the National League. Only Grover Alexander had better starts to a Phillies season — and those happened in 1915 and 1916. 

    He is the first pitcher since Juan Marichal in 1966 to go 9-0 or better with a sub-1.50 ERA in his first 10 starts.

    “What he’s doing, I’ve never seen it before, especially on the same team,” Aaron Nola said. “The way he commands all his pitches to both sides of the plate. He always has an out when guys are on base. He always has a pitch.

    Everyone has exhausted ways to describe Suárez’s calm dominance. But Nola and Zack Wheeler have a different perspective on it. They can appreciate how clinical Suárez is. He struck out 10 batters Tuesday and registered strikeouts on five different types of pitches — four sinkers, two four-seam fastballs, two changeups, one curveball and one slider. 

    “So,” Nola said, “he’s got five strikeout pitches. When he’s getting 0-1, 0-2, 1-2 — which he has a lot this year — that makes the difference. He’s not walking guys. You can’t sit on anything. You can’t sit on a location. You can’t sit on a pitch because he’s got all those pitches for strikeouts.

    He’s pitching.

    “The separation between his fastball and his changeup and curveball is pretty big,” Nola said. “So that’s why you see guys take his fastball and see guys super early on his changeup. Super early on his curveball. The separation is not small; they can’t get fooled and still hit it decent. They’re too out in front. They either miss it or hit a weak groundball.

    It is a style that feels sustainable for six months. Suárez is in better shape and he is repeating his delivery more often. That means better command. Obviously, he won’t have a 1.36 ERA the whole season.

    Nola smiled.

    “He might,” Nola said. “He might. He definitely has a chance, in my opinion. I just think if he keeps throwing strikes with the quality pitches that he’s throwing, he’s going to have a heck of a year. Something that doesn’t happen often. If he stays healthy, he’s going to throw a lot of innings. He’s going to do something pretty cool.” (Gelb - May 22, 2024 - The Athletic)

Fielding
  • Ranger controls the running game with a quick pickoff move. And, he's a lefthander with quick feet.

  • In 2022, Suarez won the Fielding Bible Award as a pitcher for the Phillies. Suárez racked up nine DRS this season, three more than any other pitcher in the Majors.

    And opposing baserunners also didn't steal a single base with Suárez on the mound.

Career Injury Report
  • May 10-28, 2018: Suarez was on the DL with a right hamstring injury.

  • May 1-25, 2019: Ranger was on the IL.

  • June 30-Aug 30, 2020: Ranger was on the Covid-19 IL.

  • June 30-July 16, 2022: Ranger was on the IL with lower back spasms.

  • March 22, 2023: The Phillies canceled Suárez’s bullpen session at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater because of left elbow inflammation. Suárez has not pitched since March 8, when he felt tenderness in his forearm while pitching for Venezuela in a World Baseball Classic exhibition. He recently resumed throwing, and he seemed to be on track to pitch the first week of the season. Now, Philadelphia is considering other options.

    March 23, 2023: An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but they have shut him down for throwing for a few days. Suárez has not pitched since he felt tenderness in his left forearm while pitching for Venezuela in a World Baseball Classic exhibition on March 8. 

    March 29-May 13, 2023: Ranger started the season on the IL with tenderness in left forearm.

  • Aug 18, 2023: Suárez was scheduled to start at the Little League Classic, but he will miss the assignment due to a bout of right hamstring soreness, which cropped up this week in Toronto. 

    Aug 16-Sept 1, 2023: Ranger was on the IL with right hammy strain. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain while working out on the artificial turf in Toronto.