Former Miami Hurricane and Christopher Columbus High School pitcher, Andrew Suarez, got his first taste of the Majors last night. Suarez was selected in the second round of the Amateur Draft after playing 4 years at the University of Miami. He was twice named All-ACC Third Team and finished his Miami career with an 18-10 record and a 3.55 ERA and 223 strikeouts.
After spending his first three years in the minors, Andrew was finally given a shot due to the injury of Johnny Cueto. His first test came against a potent Arizona offense in front of the home fans. He started off the game great retiring the first three batters of the game. He even got MVP candidate, Paul Goldschmidt, to strike out looking on a nasty breaking ball.
He threw three more scoreless innings racking up four strikeouts along the way. Goldschmidt would get his revenge in the 4th inning blasting a 2-run home run off the rookie. Suarez would go on to pitch 5.1 innings and give up four earned runs on four hits. It was a tough task for Suarez in his debut, and despite the results, everyone watching came away impressed.
The San Francisco crowd treated Suarez to a standing ovation which included his own mother and brothers.
With his mother & brothers in the stands, @SFGiants No. 10 prospect Andrew Suarez struck out 7 and allowed 4 ER on 4 H & 0 BB in 5 1/3 IP in his @MLB debut: https://t.co/mUCiqnfQvM pic.twitter.com/p23moulQBF— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 11, 2018
It was overall a good debut for the former Hurricane pitcher who should get another opportunity in the near future.