Philadelphia Phillies 2018 top prospects: Nos. 11-15

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 27: The Phillie Phanatic performs during the seventh inning stretch during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on May 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 27: The Phillie Phanatic performs during the seventh inning stretch during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on May 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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No. 11: Left-handed pitcher Ranger Suarez

Ranger Suarez took a major step forward this year in his first full season. He started off the year in Low-A Lakewood, posting a 1.59 ERA in 14 starts. He then moved up to High-A Clearwater where his ERA jumped up to 3.82, but his fielding-independent pitching dropped to 2.59 from 2.87.

Suarez’s arsenal features a strong on-two punch with a 91-95 fastball and an above-average changeup. His curveball rounds out his repertoire and he blends them all together with above-average command. Thanks to the improvement in stuff, he is a legitimate rotation prospect.

Next: Phillies season grade: Pitcher Jake Thompson

Suarez will be Rule 5 eligible this offseason and the indication is that he will be protected by the team and added to the 40-man roster. He should get his first test at Double-A next year and show whether or not he deserves that roster spot.

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