Andrew Suarez (31), who won 10 wins in one season as a member of the KBO League LG Twins, returns to the United States after failing in Japan.
On the 28th (Korean time), the St. Louis Cardinals of the American Major League (MLB) announced on their official SNS that they had signed a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Suarez. Suarez will join the spring camp as an invited player.
Suarez, who joined San Francisco in the 2nd round (61st overall) in the 2015 rookie draft, recorded 7 wins and 15 losses with an ERA of 4.66 over three seasons after his big league debut in 2018. He went 7-13 with a 4.49 earned run average as a full-time major leaguer in 2018. He pitched in 21 games in 2019 and 6 in 2020.
Turning his eyes to the Korean stage in 2021, Suarez, wearing an LG uniform, left a strong impression with 6 wins, 2 losses and an ERA of 2.01 in 10 appearances after the opening. The season ended with an average ERA of 2.18 with 10 wins and 2 losses in 23 games. He was sidelined with an injury at the end of the regular season, and was sluggish in the postseason.
LG notified Suarez of its intention to renew the contract, but said goodbye due to a large difference in opinion on the ransom.
Suarez headed to Japan and joined the Yakult Swallows. However, he was released in November of last year without winning a single victory in the Japanese stage. He performed poorly with an earned run average of 6.23 while pitching 21 2/3 innings in 6 first-team games (5 starts). He appeared in 15 games 먹튀검증 in the second team, recording 3 wins and 3 losses with an earned run average of 3.25. He returned to the first team in early October, about three months after the match against the Yomiuri Giants on June 26, but eventually did not make it to the postseason entry.
While leaving Japan, Suarez said, “Thanks to the support of Yagurt fans, I enjoyed baseball and even experienced a league championship. I hope to play in front of fans next year,” but failed to renew the contract.
The St. Louis club introduced Suarez as “played as a member of the San Francisco Giants and was selected as an All-Star in Korea.” Suarez is expected to get a chance to re-enter the big leagues only when he overcomes fierce competition in spring camp.