The Giants whittled down their rotation to five after Monday's exhibition game against the Athletics, sending down Suarez and shipping Chris Stratton to the Angels. The decision to move Stratton to another organization and least theoretically leaves Suarez as the next man up to join the rotation should an injury arise. The 26-year-old lefty was a capable starter for San Francisco during his rookie campaign, delivering a 4.49 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 160.1 innings while generating groundballs at a healthy 51.3 percent clip. He'll likely head to Triple-A Sacramento to begin 2019.
Suarez is a strong candidate to begin the year in the minors, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Suarez is competing for a back-end rotation spot, but it sounds like veteran southpaws Drew Pomeranz and Derek Holland remain ahead of the youngster. The combination of remaining minor-league options and marginal results this spring (5.11 ERA over 12.1 innings) support Pavlovic's expectation for the sophomore beginning the year with Triple-A Sacramento. The 25-year-old hasn't been sent down yet, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on getting any starts out of the lefty early in the season.
Suarez completed four innings while giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two in Sunday's spring loss to the Athletics.
Suarez has gotten off to a bumpy start this spring, giving up six runs (one home run) on 11 hits over nine innings. The 26-year-old does have eight strikeouts over that span, so his ability to punch out batters seems to have carried over from his rookie year (7.3 K/9). Despite his up-and-down results in 2018, Suarez is one of several options being considered for the Giants' final rotation spot.
Suarez (7-13) took the loss against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing six earned runs on six hits and two walks over 2.1 innings.
This marked Suarez's worst outing since allowing seven runs in Cincinnati on Aug. 19, as he wasn't able to settle down and overcome the Los Angeles lineup. The southpaw wound up making 29 starts for the Giants this season, finishing with a 4.49 ERA and 130 strikeouts across 160.1 innings.
Suarez (7-12) pitched five innings and took the loss Sunday, yielding two runs on a walk and six hits while striking out five in the loss to the Cardinals.
Overall it was a solid outing for Suarez, but the Giants bullpen was torched immediately after his exit, giving up five runs in the sixth inning. The rookie left-hander now owns a 4.22 ERA in 158 innings on the year. He'll take on the Dodgers at home on Saturday.
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|2015||AFA-San Jose Giants||1||0||1.80||3||3||0||0||0||15.0||13||3||3||2||0||2||16|
|2016||AFA-San Jose Giants||2||1||2.43||5||5||0||0||0||29.2||25||9||8||2||1||5||34|
|2016||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||7||7||3.95||19||19||0||0||0||114.0||129||61||50||11||2||24||90|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||6||6||3.55||15||13||0||0||0||88.2||94||39||35||7||3||27||80|
|2017||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||4||4||2.96||11||11||0||0||0||67.0||72||30||22||3||3||15||55|