MOBILE, Ala. (April 18, 2018) - The Los Angeles Angels announced that left-handed pitcher Jose Suarez will join the Mobile BayBears from Class A Advanced Inland Empire. He is scheduled to make his first Double-A start Wednesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium against the Biloxi Shuckers.
Suarez, 20, started two games for Inland Empire this month. He allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits with one walk and 18 strikeouts in nine innings pitched. Suarez is in his fourth professional season after signing with the Angels as an international free agent on July 3, 2014.
The Venezuelan southpaw made 15 starts with Class A Burlington and the Rookie-level AZL Angels last season. He went 6-1 with a 3.28 ERA and struck out 90 batters over 68 2/3 innings, an average of 11.8 per nine innings. Suarez was named a 2017 MiLB.com Angels Organization All-Star.
Suarez is currently the Angels No. 6 pitching prospect, and he is ranked No. 12 overall in the organization, according to MLB Pipeline. The BayBears roster now includes three of the top six Angels pitching prospects, with Suarez joining Griffin Canning and Jesus Castillo .
In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Dylan Unsworth has been promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake. In two starts with the BayBears, he struck out 10 batters and only issued one walk. Unsworth gave up six runs, five earned, in nine innings pitched.
Live coverage of Wednesday's BayBears game against Biloxi at 6:35 p.m. CDT can be seen on MiLB.tv (subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:15 p.m.
The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2018 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).
About the Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 160 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.