Robert Suarez

Robert Suarez

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After pitching in Japan for five seasons, Suarez underwent a bit of an adjustment period in his transition to MLB. The 31-year-old compiled a 4.66 ERA over his first month pitching in the States, but ultimately turned in a fantastic season overall. The rookie right-hander posted a 32% strikeout rate, 2.27 ERA (2.99 SIERA) and 1.05 WHIP across 47.2 innings but was limited to 45 appearances due to a knee injury that required a clean-up procedure in June. Suarez missed two months of action, but he was particularly sharp upon his return, striking out 32 over his final 24.1 innings. He did not allow an earned run at Petco Park all year and established himself as the primary setup man for the Padres. Suarez should maintain that role in 2023, but closing may be in his future after San Diego re-signed him to a five-year, $46 million deal. He'll need to cut down on his walks (11%) to take that next step. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $46 million contract with the Padres in November of 2022. Deal includes an opt-out clause after the 2025 season.
Back with San Diego
PSan Diego Padres
November 10, 2022
Suarez agreed to a five-year, $46 million contract with the Padres on Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander recently declined his $5 million player option for 2023 to become a free agent, but he quickly reached a new deal with the Friars. Suarez, once he recovered from a knee injury, pitched well in the late innings for San Diego last year and had a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 61:21 K:BB across 47.2 innings, and he should fill a high-leverage role again in 2023.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Robert Suarez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Robert Suarez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2021
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2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .181 86 25 12 13 5 0 0
Since 2020vs Right .172 105 36 9 16 1 0 4
2022vs Left .181 86 25 12 13 5 0 0
2022vs Right .172 105 36 9 16 1 0 4
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2021
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2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 0.00 0.71 24.0 3 0 0 12.8 2.6 0.0
Since 2020Away 4.56 1.39 23.2 2 1 1 10.3 5.3 1.5
2022Home 0.00 0.71 24.0 3 0 0 12.8 2.6 0.0
2022Away 4.56 1.39 23.2 2 1 1 10.3 5.3 1.5
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Robert Suarez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.90
 
K/9
11.5
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
97.7 mph
 
ERA
2.27
 
WHIP
1.05
 
BABIP
.254
 
GB/FB
1.52
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2182 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.0%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Suarez has never pitched in the States, but he has already made a name for himself in professional baseball. He emerged as one of the top closers in Japan over the last two years. His 2021 season with the Hanshin Tigers was especially impressive, with Suarez posting a 1.16 ERA and 0.77 WHIP to go along with 42 saves. He barely averaged a strikeout per inning in five seasons in Japan, and that simple fact will lead many to doubt Suarez as he transitions to Major League Baseball. However, Suarez has big-league velocity, sitting in the high-90s and reaching triple digits, and he can pull the string on the changeup to get hitters out in front. It's a pitch arsenal that looks like it will play in the majors, and the Padres are betting on it, having signed Suarez to a one-year deal. Bullpen roles are up for grabs in San Diego under new manager Bob Melvin.
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Bound for open market
PFree Agent
November 7, 2022
Suarez declined his $5 million player option for 2023 and became a free agent Monday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Notches 10th hold
PSan Diego Padres
September 22, 2022
Suarez picked up a hold against the Cardinals on Wednesday with a perfect inning of work.
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Works eighth inning Sunday
PSan Diego Padres
August 22, 2022
Suarez earned a hold against the Nationals on Sunday, allowing two hits and striking out two batters in one inning of work.
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Candidate for save chances
PSan Diego Padres
August 20, 2022
Suarez could see save chances after manager Bob Melvin told Dennis Lin of The Athletic that the team will give Josh Hader "a little break" from the closer role.
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Allows run in return
PSan Diego Padres
August 7, 2022
Suarez pitched one inning against the Dodgers on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits. He didn't strike out or walk any batters.
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