Suarez throws seventh straight quality start

BOX SCORES: RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

The adjustments players make when moving from one league to the next within the minors vary in success and noticeability. Some appear to seamlessly transition, while others see their stats and overall success take a considerable dive. With left-hander Andrew Suarez through his first 15 starts in Double-A, the adjustments he'd had to make, whatever they may be, seem to have come after his first eight starts. And now, having thrown his seventh straight quality start, Suarez is on track for a solid debut half-season with the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Suarez went six innings on Thursday, giving up one run on seven hits and one walk. He's struck out 43 batters over his last 46.2 innings with an impressive 12 percent swinging strike percentage and is averaging 6.2 innings and 93.6 pitches per start. The current stretch of quality starts comes in stark contrast to his previous eight. Take a look at the before and after:

  • First eight starts in RIC: 6.53 ERA, 13.7 H/9, .356 OBA, .548 SLG, 5.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9
  • Last seven starts in RIC: 2.12 ERA, 7.7 H/9, .235 OBA, .347 SLG, 8.3 K/9, 1.7 BB/9

Those are the type of numbers Suarez was putting up in San Jose before earning a quick promotion to Richmond. Let's quickly compare those two stretches:

  • Last seven starts in RIC: 2.12 ERA, 7.7 H/9, .235 OBA, .347 SLG, 8.3 K/9, 1.7 BB/9
  • Five starts in San Jose: 2.43 ERA, 7.6 H/9, .225 OBA, .333 SLG, 10.3 K/9, 1.5 BB/9

Suarez has advanced feel for three pitches: fastball, slider, and changeup, and also throws a curveball that he can occasionally float over for strikes. With the departure of Adalberto Mejia to the Minnesota Twins, Suarez joins Ty Blach as the two most prominent left-handed starters the Giants have in the system. Blach appears to be ready whenever the Giants need him, while Suarez is likely a 2017 non-roster Spring Training invitee, and 2018 major-league debut guy.

OTHER NOTES

— In the desert southwest, weird baseball took place in a 14-inning Arizona League game as Giants' third baseman Nathanael Javier pitched 1.2 innings, striking out one while allowing an unearned run on one hit and one walk.

— An update on Heath Quinn, who continues to build upon his spectacular debut season with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Quinn picked up three hits, including his team-leading 12 double, in Thursday night's game, raising his OPS to .937 with the Volcanoes. With a slash line of .326/.410/.528 that includes a 9.6 percent walk rate, 17.5 percent strikeout rate, and 162 wRC+, Quinn is having one of the best offensive seasons for a Volcanoes player since Mac Williamson in 2012 (.988 OPS, 178 wRC+) or Matt Downs in 2007 (.947 OPS, 154 wRC+).

Dylan Davis ended a 14-game home run drought on Thursday with a two-run bomb, his 18th of the year putting him one back of Richmond's Chris Shaw. Davis wasn't by any means slumping during the stretch, however, as he collected 16 hits (2 doubles, 1 triple) and eight walks during those 14 homer-less games for an impressive .410 on-base percentage.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, R, 2B
  4. Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, R, 3 SO
  5. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  6. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, R, SO
  7. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  8. Andrew Suarez: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Steven Duggar: 1-for-4, 2 R, BB
  11. Steven Okert: DNP
  12. Rodolfo Martinez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  13. C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, SO
  14. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  15. Jalen Miller: 0-for-3, BB, SO
  16. Ray Black: DNP
  17. Dylan Davis: 1-for-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO
  18. Chase Johnson: DNP
  19. Heath Quinn: 3-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
  20. Matt Krook: DNP
  21. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, RBI
  22. Austin Slater: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  25. Kyle Crick: DNP
  26. Chris Stratton: DNP
  27. Cory Taylor: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-2, R, BB, SO
  30. Gio Brusa: DNP

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