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Tigers call up shortstop prospect Eugenio Suarez

Jun 4, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

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Detroit’s shortstops have been incredibly bad this season, hitting a combined .191 with one homer and a .484 OPS in 54 games, and today the Tigers made a move to address that mess by calling up minor leaguer Eugenio Suarez from Triple-A.

Suarez isn’t considered a top prospect and almost surely wouldn’t be arriving in the majors at age 22 if not for the Tigers’ terrible production at the position, but he’s hit very well between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

He began the year at Double-A and then got a promotion to Triple-A two weeks ago, batting .288 with eight homers and an .870 OPS in 54 games between the two levels. Suarez’s track record isn’t as promising–he hit just .264 with a .744 OPS last year–but between his age and current production there’s a chance he could hold his own versus big leaguers. And obviously it won’t take much for him to be a huge upgrade.

  1. samaugster23 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Maybe this fills one of the wholes we have. Closer should be next on D.D.’s list!!!!!

    • spursareold - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Might only fill one of the halves.

  2. philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    And thus ends the Danny Worth knuckleball out of the bullpen era.

    Saw Suarez play a bit in Grand Rapids a couple years ago and liked the kid. Hope he isn’t overwhelmed.

    • rbj1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Danny needs to become a full time knuckleball pitcher.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      Yeah, we saw him with the Whitecaps, too. He was a Golden Glove that season, too, and was well liked by the fans. I always root for the guys that we’ve seen moving up in the system!

  3. hieronymous27 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    It appears the Tigers are relying on the thinking that if you throw enough different guys out there at shortstop, sooner or later one of them is bound to stick. Maybe Joe Nathan will be the next guy to give it a whirl as that closer role does not seem to be working out too well at the moment.

  4. pwshrugged - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    This makes sense – the Tigers will have more than a month to evaluate Suarez’s ability at the major league level, on the chance they do make a move for a SS at the trade deadline (I still think this is unlikely).

    However, I’m disappointed to see that Worth got sent down to make room. Worth has a lot of utility around the diamond, more than Romine, although I guess it means I can safely tune out of blowouts now that I know Worth’s knuckleball won’t be making any more appearances.

  5. stoicpaisano - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Worth and Romine are both 4A lifers. However, Romine is a second generation MLBer and thus will be afforded many opportunities. Whatever you do, don’t look at his .721 minor league OPS, bolstered by 1100 at-bats in the high-altitude PCL with Salt Lake. Look at his last name, he must have a future!

    Though it is his second season there, Suarez hit very well at AA Erie and is six weeks away from turning 23 yo. Best case, he turns into a possible regular for 2015 and he’s traded to clear the way for a healthy Joe Church. More likely, he has his up-and-downs and goes to Toledo as insurance next year for Iglesias. Not a star but a valuable prospect to have.

    I just hope they give Suarez regular at-bats and reassess at the deadline. Don’t jerk him around, he needs the reps.

  6. pbastille - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    wasn’t that one home run a walk-off on opening day?

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