José Rances Suarez (SWAR-ez) Quintero...On Twitter: @rances_suarez...Become seventh Venezuelan pitcher to start for Angels, following Kelvim Escobar, Urbano Lugo, Jhoulys Chacin, Anthony Ortega, Luis Sanchez and Yusmeiro Petit...Entered 2019 ranked by Baseball America as #4 prospect in Angels organization...At conclusion of 2018 season was ranked by MLB.com as #8 prospect (#2 among pitchers) in Angels system...Ranked second in all of Minor League Baseball having struck out 42% of all batters faced in 2018...Named by Baseball America as having best changeup in Angels system following 2017 and 2018 seasons...Originally signed by Angels scouts Carlos Ramirez, Mauro Zerpa and Lebi Ochoa.
Set career bests in nearly every pitching category in third Major League season with Angels...Alternated first four appearances between Majors and Triple-A Salt Lake, before being recalled May 28 for remainder of season...Each of first nine appearances for Angels came from the bullpen, going 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA (27.1 IP - 6 ER) and 26 strikeouts before joining rotation July 5...Finest relief outing was June 28 at Yankee Stadium, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing one run, while retiring 11 of his first 12 batters faced (one walk)...Tossed first career complete game Sept. 4 vs. Texas (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO)...Carried shutout into 9th inning; only run allowed came on RBI groundout for second out of nintth inning...Marked first career-winning decision at Angel Stadium (13th start)...Had not pitched more than 5.2 innings prior to this start...Ranked second among Major League left-handers with a .202 (56/277) opponent batting average against right-handed hitters (min. 200 AB)...Held opponents to a .145 (19/131) average against his changeup...Was Angels starting pitcher in the Little League Classic vs. Cleveland on Aug. 22 in Williamsport, Pa....Won three of his five September starts, while pitching to a 2.97 ERA (30.1 IP - 10 ER) for the month.
Made two starts for Angels in second Major League season...Opened year on injured list before being reinstated and optioned to Alternate Training Site, Aug. 10...Was recalled from Alternate Training Site and made season debut Aug. 20 at San Francisco...Also started Game 1 of doubleheader, Aug. 25 at Houston before being optioned following the game...Remained in Long Beach for remainder of season.
Made first five appearances of season with Triple-A Salt Lake before making Major League debut with Angels June 2 at Seattle (W; 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO)...Totaled 19 appearances (15 starts) across five stints with Angels...Became fifth left-hander to make 10 starts for Angels before turning 22, joining: Frank Tanana (54), Marcelino Lopez (32), Jim Abbott (27) and Rudy May (19)...At 21 years, 150 days during his debut, became youngest pitcher to appear for Angels since Tyler Chatwood in 2011 and youngest player since Mike Trout (21 years, 57 days) in 2012...Held opponents to a .254 (35/138) average against his changeup and has recorded 43 of his 73 strikeouts with the pitch...Left-handed batters registered a .202 (17/84) batting average against, compared with a .339 (83/245) average vs. righthanders...Earned both wins on season in day games…Was 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA (35.1 IP - 20 ER) in day games compared with a 0-4 record and 8.67 ERA (45.2 IP - 44 ER) at night...Selected to Angels 40-man roster, Nov. 20, 2018.
Opened year with Adv.-A Inland Empire and was promoted to Double-A Mobile after two starts...Made seven starts for BayBears before joining Triple-A Salt Lake in late May... Recorded 11 strikeouts in each of final two starts for BayBears... Named Angels Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April, after combining to go 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA (21.2 IP - 6 ER) and 36 strikeouts across five starts for 66ers and BayBears...At time of promotion to Triple-A, had recorded 69 strikeouts in 38.2 innings (15.8 strikeouts per nine innings)...Had fanned 42% of all batters faced, which ranked second in all of Minor League Baseball...Combined 142 strikeouts and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings rate led all Angels minor league pitchers (min. 100 IP)... Ranked fifth in organization in innings pitched... Enters 2019 ranked by Baseball America as #4 prospect in Angels organization...At conclusion of 2018 season was ranked by MLB.com as #8 prospect (#2 among pitchers) in Angels system... Selected to Angels 40-man roster, Nov. 20.