Ranger Suarez becomes the latest Phillie to be set for his major league debut. The 22-year old left-hander will also carry the distinction of being the first left-hander to start for the Phillies since September 28, 2016 when Adam Morgan started against the Atlanta Braves. Morgan is now in the Phillies bullpen. He will also be the eighth player to make his major league debut with the team this season.
Suarez has made 15 minor league starts this season and is 5-3, 2.38 with one complete game this season. He was on the disabled list with Lehigh Valley with a minor groin injury earlier this month but has pitched well since his return. Prior to this season, Suarez had not pitched above High-A in the Phillies organization and made just three starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before his promotion. In those three starts – two of which have come since being activated from the DL – he is 1-0 with a remarkable 0.53 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.
Somewhat of a perfect storm resulted in Suarez getting the call to the majors. The Phillies needed another starter because of Sunday’s double-header and normally, Enyel De Los Santos would have been the leading candidate but he wasn’t eligible because he had been optioned out and had not been in the minors for 10 days, so he could not be recalled. Suarez got the call over fellow left-hander Cole Irvin because Irvin is not on the 40-man roster.
To make room for Suarez on the 25-man roster, Mitch Walding was optioned back to Lehigh Valley.