Player: #eugenio suarez
Born: July 18, 1991; Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, Venezuala
Drafted: Signed as amateur free agent in 2008
- 6 years in minors spanning seven different levels of Minor League baseball
- 33 Minor League home runs with 538 hits
- 226 total Minor League RBI. Career high 67 RBI at A ball in 2012
- .280 career Minor League batting average. Highest was .311 in 2010 Rookie League
- Major League debut June 4th, 2013.
- 1 HR, 3 RBI, .429 BA in 3 games played for the #detroit tigers
Eugenio Suarez has been regarded by many as the Detroit Tigers shortstop of the future. With the lack of production from the shortstop position for the Tigers so far in 2014, the Tigers decided that the future must come now and so far in three games, Suarez has not disappointed. In his first Major League start, Suarez hit a home run for his first career major league hit. He has since added two more hits and two more RBI for a .429 BA in his first three games. While this is a small sample size, Suarez has already matched the production of the previous starting shortstop, #andrew romine. Suarez has performed well defensively too in his short time in the Majors. If Suarez continues to perform offensively and defensively as he has so far, you will not be seeing Andrew Romine on the field much anymore.
It is tough to see where Suarez fits in the Tigers future plans. Last season, the Tigers traded for defensive whiz #jose iglesias. While Iglesias shines on defense, he struggles at the plate despite the high batting average last year. Suarez should remain the Tigers starter for the remainder of this season due to Iglesias being sidelined with shin fractures in both shins. If Suarez is able to produce at a high level offensively and defensively, the Tigers may be willing to use Iglesias as a trade chip to bolster another part of the team. The sky is definitely the limit for the Tigers 22 year old shortstop. How do you see his future playing out?