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June 5, 2014

The Call-Up

Eugenio Suarez

by Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley


The Situation: The Tigers have struggled to find production at shortstop since Jose Iglesias went down with stress fractures in his lower leg, and this move is the next step in a continuing process to correct that problem. The club’s offensive production from shortstop has included a .167/.219/.233 line from the sinced-release Alex Gonzalez, a .167/.217/.190 line from the now-DFA’d Danny Worth, and a .200/.252/.252 line from the soon-to-be-backup Andrew Romine. Take a look at those numbers again and you will quickly understand why the Tigers decided to call-up BP’s no. 9 Tigers prospect.

Background: After moving Suarez around the diamond, including at least 20 games at shortstop, third base, second base, and the outfield in order to get him at-bats, the Tigers finally got Suarez settled in as an everyday shortstop in 2011 as he split time between the GCL and NYPL. In his full-season debut with West Michigan in 2012, Suarez hit an impressive .288/.380/.409 in 135 games while flashing an above-average glove. In 2013 Suarez hit .311 in just 25 games at High-A before promoting him to Double-A, where he hit just .253 with a solid approach and surprising pop. He returned to Erie to start the 2014 season and hit .284 with six bombs in 42 games before recently being promoted to Triple-A.

Scouting Report: Given the completely inept offensive performance of the Tigers early-season shortstop triumvirate, Suarez would be hard pressed to perform at a worse level, even if he isn’t fully ready for prime time.

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