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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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DetroitDale

"he won't be worse than his 2014 predecessors"

that's faint praise to be sure.

I think they should have kept Worth instead of Romine, some work on that knuckleball and he could help out in the bullpen.

Jun 05, 2014 06:28 AM
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Nojsztat

I wonder, does Bret Sayre's quote on Suarez still hold up given the power surge Suarez has been on this year? He slugged .387 in Erie last year (111 games), and is slugging .510 in the minors this year (54 games for Erie and Toledo). Could something have clicked, or is that wishful SSS fools gold?

Jun 05, 2014 07:55 AM
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BP staff member Mark Anderson
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Wishful thinking in terms of Suarez's power. He's had a nice run so far this year, but he doesn't project for any significant power at the MLB level.

Jun 05, 2014 08:51 AM
 
Nojsztat

That's what I thought, but I'm in a deep dynasty league and desperate for any cheap potential assets.

Jun 05, 2014 11:40 AM
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DetroitDale

those minor league numbers are mostly AA with a small AAA cup of coffee, I'm reluctant to get too excited about projecting that level of success in the bigs based on AA numbers, much I would wish otherwise

Jun 05, 2014 18:20 PM
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