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.