Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 148 of 286. For the first 100, click here.
Edison Suriel is a 5’10”, 160 lb. left-handed pitcher from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Born on October 24th, 1998, Suriel signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on July 9th, 2015 for $140,000.
As I’ve stated in the past, players who begin their professional career in the Dominican Summer League tend to be low-risk, high-reward types of prospects. They also have a low success rate at making it to the major leagues. Notable exceptions on the current Miami Marlins incarnation are Jose Urena and Jarlin Garcia. Suriel would like nothing less than to also buck the trend.
Suriel joined the 2016 DSL Marlins at the start of the next season, in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League. He started eight games and came in from the bullpen on five other occasions, but posted a 1-8 record. The DSL Marlins as a group were nearly historically bad, collecting only 10 wins in 66 games through the campaign.
Despite his record, Suriel had a decent 3.50 ERA and stuck out 47 in 46 1/3 innings, with a 1.619 WHIP. His performance was damaged by his 7.0 BB/9 rate, but he got that down in the next season.
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Suriel remained with DSL in 2017, and went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 17 games, all in relief. He whiffed 56 in 39 2/3 innings for a 12.7 K/9 rate, while holding the opposition to a 0.882 WHIP. His competition managed just a .146/.245/.167 slashline against him in 163 plate appearances. On August 24th, in a 13-3 win over the DSL Braves, Suriel struck out six in four scoreless one-hit innings for his fourth victory of the season. The DSL Marlins won four times as many games in 2017 than they did in the year prior, going 40-29 but still missing out on postseason DSL play, finishing third in their division.
Suriel joined the rookie-level Florida-based GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League in 2018. He appeared out of the bullpen 13 times, with 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, his other simple metrics regressed to an ERA of 6.75, a WHIP of 1.909, and a 7.4 BB/9 rate. Suriel didn’t have very much impact on the GCL Marlins fortunes for the season, and they finished with a 25-31 record.
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