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Phillies prospect Ranger Suarez to make major-league debut Thursday vs. Reds

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Thursday against the Reds, the Phillies will use a left-handed starting pitcher for the first time in nearly two years.

Ranger Suarez, the team's No. 7 prospect per Baseball America, will make his MLB debut at Great American Ballpark.

When he does, he'll be the first lefty starter for the Phils since Adam Morgan on Sept. 28, 2016. It will end a streak of 267 straight games the Phillies have started a right-hander.

Suarez, 22, has had an excellent season, advancing from Double A to Triple A at the end of June. He has a 2.38 ERA in 15 starts and has allowed just one run in 15 2/3 innings since getting to Lehigh Valley (see story).

Suarez's main three pitches are his sinker, four-seam fastball (low-to-mid 90s) and changeup.

Why Thursday? Because the Phillies need another arm after playing a doubleheader Sunday. Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez both pitched Sunday, meaning Pivetta wouldn't be on regular rest until Friday. Velasquez will likely get an extra day between starts and pitch Saturday.

 

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