2024 Phillies Player Spotlight: Ranger Suarez

With the 2024 MLB season bearing down on us. We here at EOP will spotlight a Phillies player every week until the start of the 2024 season. We will highlight their 2023 season, strengths, weaknesses, and 2024 projections. This week we will highlight pitcher, Ranger Suarez.

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2023 Season

Suárez did not get off to the start in 2023 that everyone hoped for. His first appearance in 2023 came on May 13th due to a left forearm injury. When he returned, Suárez did not play his best baseball, having an ERA of 7.13, a WHIP of 2.400, and a record of 0-2 in four starts during May. Suárez may have needed a few games to shake off the rust.

After battling a slow start to his 2023 season, Ranger Suárez did a phenomenal job of turning his season around. After failing to post a single-game ERA lower than 6.75 in May, Suárez hasn’t had a single-game ERA higher than 5.47 and hasn’t had a game with an ERA above 4.00 since June 9. Suárez has also been doing his part to keep the Phillies’ bullpen fresh. Since May 30th, the 27-year-old has pitched into the sixth inning or later in each of his 12 starts and has had one earned run or less in six.

Strengths

Suárez has a unique six-pitch arsenal that does a great job of not relying too much on his fastball. Suárez throws the following pitches (with the percentage he throws it): Sinker (28%), curveball (21%), 4-seam fastball (20.7%), changeup (17.5%), cutter (12.4%), and a slider (0.5%). While Suárez’s slider may be a work in progress, his repertoire displays his ability to change both his pitch speed and movement and his even distribution of pitches that keep opposing batters guessing.

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Weaknesses

 Needs to become a better control artist if he is to take the next step for the Phillies in 2024. Durability and pitch count issues have also begun to creep into the overall picture with Suarez.

2024 Projection

After Nola and Wheeler, the pitching rotation is anyone’s guess. Ranger has been a constant for the Phillies since entering the starting rotation in 2022. 2024 is the year that he needs to be the hinge between the top and bottom parts of the rotation. He figures to be a strong 3 candidate for the Phillies as they enter spring training.

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