Samsung Suarez returns to Venezuela’s league…could we see him in the KBO next year?
Former Samsung Lions foreign pitcher Albert Suarez will play for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Leones del Caracas announced the news of Suarez’s signing on the club’s official social media on July 15 (KST).
Suarez, who played in the United States and Japan, made his KBO debut last year. In 30 games, he won 6 and lost 8. While he was unable to accumulate wins due to lack of offensive support, he did his job as a starter with a 2.49 ERA and 19 quality starts.
In 19 appearances this season, he is 4-7 with a 3.92 ERA. On August 6, Suarez injured his left calf while covering first base in a game against Daegu LG, 온라인카지노 and after a medical examination, he was diagnosed with a 12-centimeter damage to his calf muscle and needed about four weeks to recover.
Samsung signed NC native Taylor Widener as Suarez’s replacement. Widener was claimed off waivers after being released by NC on August 4.
After going 4-2 with a 4.52 ERA in NC, Widener took the mound 10 times for Samsung, going 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA. He racked up wins against Kia and Lotte, but his so-called fondant walks and slow slide step made him a fatal weakness in holding opposing runners in check.
Samsung might have been better served by not signing Widener and waiting for Suarez to recover from his injury.
Suarez has a strong desire to return to the KBO. With Samsung waiving his holdout rights, Suarez can be negotiated with any KBO team. His velocity, control, repertoire of pitches, and ability to go the distance are all top-notch, and he’s proven himself in the league.
In particular, Suarez will be able to utilize his skills at Jamsil Stadium, which is known for being a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Like Josh Lindblom, who went from Lotte to Doosan and won 35 games in two years.