Next on the list of San Francisco Giants season reviews: left-handed pitcher Andrew Suárez.
6 games, 9.2 innings, 9 hits, 6 walks, 0 hit by pitch, 1 home run, 5 strikeouts, 1.552 WHIP
3.72 ERA, 5.36 FIP, 0.2 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR
Status throughout the season
Suárez began the season on the Alternate Training Site. He was recalled on Aug. 3, optioned on Aug. 6, recalled again on Aug. 8, optioned again on Aug. 9, recalled a third time on Aug. 19, optioned on Sept. 6, recalled a fourth and final time on Sept. 18, and optioned for the final time on Sept. 19. Whew.
It was a bit weird watching Suárez, the team’s second-round pick in 2015. It felt slightly obvious that his tenure with the Giants was nearing an end, but he and the team went through that awkward dance where you let a player have one last go of it before cutting them loose, as they did with Mac Williamson a year ago.
That dance lasted fewer than 10 innings, despite being split across four different call ups. Suárez wasn’t good during that time, though he also wasn’t put in a position where many players would be able to find success.
The writing was on the wall before the season began. After pitching 160.1 innings in his debut season in 2018, Suárez threw just 32.2 innings in 2019, the first year of the Farhan Zaidi regime. 2020 was one last opportunity to prove a break through, and as evidenced by having more walks than strikeouts, Suárez was unable to make a compelling case.
Role in 2021
The Giants recently sold Suárez’s rights to the KBO’s LG Twins, so he won’t be playing for the Giants — or any MLB team — in 2021.
Rough year, minimal playing time. Choose your fighter: bad grade, or incomplete.
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