It appeared early this spring that Suter would grab a spot in the Brewers' starting rotation coming out of spring training, but the chances of him doing so have decreased the last couple weeks with several other pitchers -- Wade Miley, Junior Guerra, and Brandon Woodruff -- making strong cases as well and the Brewers considering opening the season with just a four-man rotation. The Brewers view Suter as the ultimate swing pitcher, which bodes well for him over the course of the campaign, but could hurt him early on.
Suter has a "very good shot" to make the rotation out of spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Per manager Craig Counsell, the Brewers plan to carry two lefties in their bullpen to start the season, namely Boone Logan and Josh Hader. This implies that Suter is exclusively battling for a rotation spot and is expected to get that spot based off earlier comments saying he had a leg up on a roster spot. This development would make Suter the fifth starter in the Brewers' rotation, but a confirmation of this will likely come closer to the regular season.
Suter reportedly has a "leg up" on breaking camp with the major-league roster even if he doesn't win a rotation spot, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Previous reports only suggested that the southpaw would be in the mix for a rotation spot this spring, leaving his status uncertain if he were unable to claim a starting gig. It seems like manager Craig Counsell values Suter as a long reliever as well and likes what he saw from him last season. The 28-year-old produced a 3.42 ERA while exhibiting excellent control, although his strikeout rate leaves much to be desired. The vote of confidence is certainly a good sign, but he has little value in most fantasy formats unless he's able to claim a starting role.
Assuming the Brewers don't fill out their rotation -- via free agent signings or trades -- prior to spring training, Suter will get a chance to reprise his role in the Brewers' starting rotation in 2018. While the soft-tossing southpaw didn't blow anyone away in 2017 (7.1 K/9), he held his own in 14 starts for the big club, posting a 3.45 ERA across 70.1 innings of work. He also proved plenty effective against same-handed hitters, holding lefties to a paltry .192 average in 85 plate appearances. It's unclear what the Brewers will opt to do with Suter if he's unable to lock down a rotation spot in spring; he could stay stretched out as a starter in the minors or work out of the big-league bullpen as a lefty specialist, something he has done in the past.
Suter allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters through five innings during Thursday's win over Cincinnati. He didn't factor into the decision.
Suter kept the Reds in check and entered the sixth inning with a 6-1 lead. Unfortunately, he was pulled after failing to retire a single batter in the sixth frame and was charged with two more runs to land the no-decision. The 28-year-old lefty pitched well when given an opportunity this year, and unless he receives a surprise relief appearance, Suter will finish 2018 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 through 81.2 innings.
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|2012||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||0||0||2.08||3||0||0||0||2||8.2||11||4||2||0||0||3||8|
|2013||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||0||1||1.80||3||3||0||0||0||15.0||14||4||3||0||0||5||16|
|2013||AFA-Brevard County Manat||7||9||3.63||21||20||1||0||0||124.0||125||57||50||11||3||36||97|
|2015||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||3||1||3.31||6||6||0||0||0||35.1||35||15||13||4||0||6||19|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||6||6||3.50||26||15||0||0||2||110.2||129||45||43||5||3||14||75|