Ranger Suarez Named EL Pitcher of the Week

The Eastern League has announced that Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Ranger Suarez has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 16th – April 22nd.  Suarez is the first Fightin Phils pitcher or player to receive recognition from the league this season.

Suarez went 1-0 with 12 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts, which were his first two starts at the Double-A level.  On Sunday against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, he struck out two batters over seven innings while allowing just two runs in Reading’s 4-2 loss.  This past Monday – April 16th – in Harrisburg, he struck out ten batters in eight innings as he guided the Fightin Phils to a 6-0 win. 

The Carora, Venezuela native led the Eastern League pitchers in innings pitched (15) last week and also ranked among the weekly league leaders in strikeouts (12-tied 3rd), wins (1-tied 5th), WHIP (0.80 – 6th) and ERA (1.20 – 7th).  The left-hander currently sports a 1-1 record with a 4.13 ERA in four starts.  He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent on April 1, 2012. 

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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