In the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the Giants selected Andrew Suarez, a 22-year-old lefty from University of Miami. Suarez was drafted in the second round (#57 overall) last year by the Nationals, but returned to school for another year. Because of labrum surgery as a freshman ...
... Suarez missed most of 2012, and he also missed time with an oblique tweak this year. Here's what Baseball America had to say:
When he's been healthy, however, he's had as good or better stuff than he did a year ago. He's run his fastball up to 95 mph in the past, but more typically throws the pitch in the low 90s, while mixing in a solid slider and changeup. He doesn't miss as many bats as scouts would like to see from a pitcher with his stuff, but he pounds the zone with his whole arsenal.
FanGraphs wrote up a profile of Suarez when he was struggling earlier this year:
. At his best, he pounds the zone with above-average velocity, pairing a putaway slider with feel to pitch – a recipe that can help him crack the back end of a major league rotation.
He rebounded to have a strong third semester ... or whatever they say in college baseball when they mean "second half." The obligatory videos:
Probably a mix between Steve Carlton and a healthy Mike Hampton, but I'm no scout.
The Giants have had a very Giants draft -- starting with a power righty, moving on to the Cape Cod hero, and getting a projectable lefty in the second round. Welcome, Andrew Suarez. Sorry when I refer to you as Anthony Suarez 48 times before getting it right, considering that I've done it already three times in this post for some reason.