Phillies Tab Suarez for MLB Debut on Thursday
The Philadelphia Phillies host the Los Angeles Dodgers through Wednesday before hitting the road for a six-game road trip with stops in Cincinnati and Boston. The Phillies' rotation is still recovering from Sunday's doubleheader and they need a starter for Thursday's game in Cincy. It looks like it'll be 22-year-old southpaw Ranger Suarez making his Major League debut against the Reds.
Suarez, ranked as the Phillies' 9th best prospect by MLB.com, has made a steady climb up the organizational ladder since being signed back in 2012 out of Venezuela. At the end of June, he was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after posting a 2.76 ERA in 12 starts with Reading. Since his move up to the Ironpigs, Suarez has made three starts, allowing just one earned run in 15.2 innings of work while striking out 12 and walking four.
This is likely just a one-time spot start for the left-hander. Enyel De Los Santos is starting on Tuesday night for Lehigh Valley, so Thursday is Suarez's regular turn in the rotation.
In 81 minor league appearances (69 starts), Suarez is 27-17 with a 2.16 ERA.
Brandon Apter is a contributor to 97.3 ESPN and managing editor at SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @bapter23.