Suárez with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016
|Cincinnati Reds – No. 7|
|Third baseman / Shortstop|
July 18, 1991 |
Puerto Ordaz, Bolívar, Venezuela
|June 4, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers|
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||223|
Suárez originally signed with the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent on October 9, 2008. He played for the Venezuelan Summer League Tigers in 2009 and 2010. He played for the Gulf Coast Tigers of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Connecticut Tigers of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League in 2011 and the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Class A Midwest League in 2012. With the Whitecaps, he had a .288 batting average and 21 stolen bases in 135 games. He started the 2013 season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Erie SeaWolves of the Class AA Eastern League during the season. He was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.
Suarez began the 2014 season with Erie, and was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class AAA International League in May. Suárez was brought up to Detroit for the first time on June 4, and entered that night's game in the seventh inning. In his first at-bat, he reached base via a fielder's choice. On June 7, Suarez made his first major league start in a game against the Boston Red Sox, and recorded his first hit, a solo home run. He finished his rookie season with a .242 batting average, with 4 home runs and 23 RBIs in 85 games.
On December 11, 2014, the Tigers traded Suárez and Minor League pitcher Jonathon Crawford to the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Alfredo Simón. On June 11, 2015 he became the Reds' regular starting shortstop after Zack Cozart's season-ending injury. He finished the 2015 season with a .284 batting average, with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. With the Todd Frazier trade to the Chicago White Sox, the Reds announced Suarez would be moved to third base full-time, with Zack Cozart returning to shortstop after his stint on the disabled list.
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