Albert's family had horses when he was growing up, and he still enjoys riding in his free time...Has five siblings - four brothers and one sister - and enjoys spending time with them when he returns to Venezuela during the offseasons...Dancing is one of Albert's favorite hobbies...he enjoys salsa dancing the most.
Went 0-3 with a 5.12 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 18 games with the Giants...Limited right-handers to a .211 average...Threw 1.0+ inning in 13 of 18 outings (2.89 ERA)...On the disabled list from April 6-July 8 with a right shoulder impingement...Earned first career save on Aug. 6 vs. D-backs...Had a 3.31 ERA at home.
Was signed by San Francisco as a minor league free agent in the offseason and stepped into the swingman role vacated by Yusmeiro Petit in the offseason, serving as the team's primary long reliever and as the rotation's sixth man. In three stints with the Giants, he posted a 3-5 record with a 4.29 ERA (40er, 84.0ip) over 22 appearances (12 starts). Had his contract purchased from triple-A Sacramento on May 6 and made his Major League debut May 8 against Colorado. Went 1-4 with a 4.28 ERA (29er, 61.0ip) in his 12 starts with the Giants...allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his outings. Made his first Major League start on June 1 in Atlanta and did not factor into the decision... tossed 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Earned his first career win as a starter on June 23 at Pittsburgh...pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out a career-high six batters. Became the first Giants starting pitcher in franchise history to hold opponents to three runs or fewer in each of the first 12 starts of his career (Stats, LLC). Went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11er, 23.0ip) in 10 relief appearances.
Won the Texas League ERA title, posting a 2.98 figure (54er, 163.0ip) in 27 starts...also tied for the league lead in wins (11), tied for second in games started (27) and ranked second in the league in strikeouts (121) and innings pitched (163.0). His .234 opponents batting average against led the Texas League as did his 1.12 WHIP. In 15 starts before the All-Star break, Suarez posted a 3.56 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, however following the break he fashioned a 2.34 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 12 starts (77.0 innings). Topped 100 innings for just the second time as a professional after dealing with 2009 Tommy John surgery, knee problems and bouts with Lyme disease. The Angels awarded him with the Iron Angel Award, given to one position player and one pitcher at each affiliate who does the best at strength and conditioning.
Opened the season on the disabled list...pitched to a 0.64 ERA (1er, 14.0ip) in three starts with Charlotte before being promoted to Montgomery for the remainder of the season.
Limited to two starts during the season after suffering an oblique injury in April with Montgomery.
Led Charlotte with 25 starts.
Sidelined until late July after being hit by a line
drive in spring training that led to doctors discovering he had Lyme disease...made only 8
apps (7 starts) on the year, totaling 29.1 IP...Joined the GCL Rays for a rehab assignment
on July 27 and made 4 starts, compiling a 1.38
ERA (13-IP, 2-ER)...on Aug 20 moved to Class-A
Charlotte where he made 4 apps (3 starts) to
finish the season, going 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA
(16.1-IP, 5-ER)...For the season, held opponents to a .138 (4-for-
29) avg. with RISP...held left-handed batters to
a .154 avg. (8-for-52)...Ranked by Baseball America as the Rays No. 17
prospect entering the 2012 season.
Returned in July after missing a year due to
Tommy John surgery on his right elbow ...
was assigned to Class-A Bowling Green on
July 7 after making 3 rehab starts with the
Rookie-level GCL Rays...pitched in 12 games
(11 starts) for the Hot Rods. ... Increased his workload gradually after joining
Bowling Green...had a 7.36 ERA (14.2-IP,
12-ER) through his first 6 games ... posted a
2.00 ERA (27-IP, 15-H, 6-ER) over his last 6
starts, beginning Aug 8 when he crossed the
4-inning mark for the first time. ... Was added to the Rays 40-man roster on
Injured his right elbow June 25 while pitching for Hudson Valley...underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery July 6...the surgery was performed by Dr. Koco Eaton.
Was rated as the ninth-best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America and was also rated the number 12 prospect in the Rays system following the season.