PEARL, Miss. (May 11, 2018) - The Los Angeles Angels announced that Jose Suarez , a left-handed pitcher for the Mobile BayBears, has been named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Suarez, 20, made three starts with the BayBears to finish April after starting the month with Inland Empire. He struck out nine batters in his Double-A debut against Biloxi and fanned seven on the road at Montgomery in his third outing. Suarez gave up just five runs, four earned, with 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings pitched with Mobile in April.
In two starts with Inland Empire to begin the season, Suarez walked just one batter and recorded 18 strikeouts in nine innings pitched. He allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits.
Suarez is currently the Angels No. 6 pitching prospect, and he is ranked No. 12 overall in the organization, according to MLB Pipeline. The Venezuelan is in his fourth professional season, after signing with the Angels as an international free agent on July 3, 2014.
In addition to Suarez, former BayBears infielder David Fletcher (Angels No. 22 prospect) was recognized by the Angels as Defender of the Month. Fletcher received the award last May while playing with Mobile. Outfielder Brandon Marsh (Angels No. 5 prospect) was named Player of the Month.
The BayBears wrap up a five-game road series against the Mississippi Braves Friday at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Mississippi feed, 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 6:45 p.m.
The BayBears return home Saturday and 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.