Ranger Suarez was instrumental in a narrow 3-2 victory over the Marlins this afternoon. After Spencer Howard — who is on an innings restriction — was lifted after four innings, Suarez threw three scoreless frames in relief. All told, the lefty has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings of work in 2021. He has struck out eleven in that timeframe and has a WHIP of just 0.67.
Now 25 years-old, Suarez has been with the Phillies for the entirety of his big league career. He threw just four innings in the abbreviated 2020 campaign, but found plenty of success in 2019. He worked to a 3.17 ERA (3.89 FIP) during that season, which is when he more or less transitioned to a bullpen role fulltime. The Venezuelan started three games for the Phillies in 2018 and was once thought of as a future rotation piece.
As of 2021, Ranger Suarez is more than capitalizing on his early May call-up. A combination of quadriceps tightness and visa issues largely thwarted his spring training and prevented him from having a chance to compete for a role right out of the gate. Since he’s been healthy, the early returns have been excellent, however.