Fantasy Baseball Waiver Add: Andrew Suarez
If you haven’t heard by now, Giants SP Johnny Cueto will be out at least six weeks if not longer due to a sprained elbow after a visit by Dr. James Andrews.
a relief for giants. sources: Johnny Cueto determined to have a sprained elbow, not a tear. Dr. Andrews recommends rest. out 6 weeks. #SFGiants
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 7, 2018
Of course, the Giants are also missing Madison Bumgarner who is progressing from a broken hand and could return in the distant future.
For now, the Giants have called-up 25-year-old left-hander Andrew Suarez and he has not disappointed in his major league action so far.
In three starts, Suarez is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 17.2 IP. He has 18 strikeouts to only two walks and has an impressive 0.86 WHIP.
Suarez doesn’t have a true plus pitch but mixes four of them well and pounds the strike zone. His best offering is a slider that’s rough on lefties and which he morphs into more of a cutter against righties. He can add and subtract from a fastball that usually parks around 89-93 mph with some run and sink, and he also utilizes an average curveball and changeup.
Suarez operates without much margin for error but also doesn’t beat himself with many mistakes. He keeps the ball down in the strike zone and avoids walks and home runs. Though he had labrum surgery in 2012, he has been durable ever since, contributing to his high-floor profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
In deeper fantasy leagues, Suarez should be scooped on the waiver wire and is worth a flier in standard formats, especially if your team has been bitten by the injury bug.
In dynasty leagues I’m assuming Suarez is already rostered, but if by chance he isn’t he needs to be owned.
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