Another year of Phillies baseball has arrived, and many players are already in Clearwater, Florida, preparing for the impending month of Spring Training games. Popular faces such as superstars Bryce Harper and (recently re-signed) J.T. Realmuto will enter camp with cameras flashing and reporters lined up against the fence. Maybe even more attention-drawing will be stud third baseman Alec Bohm, the Rookie of the Year runner-up who had unprecedented success in 44 games following a miserable half-decade of Phillies draft pick flops. Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn will yet again be battling for one starting spot in center field. All eyes will be on these guys, but there is also a plethora of intriguing low-profile individuals that could be impact players for the Phillies in more ways than one.
One name that most Phillies fans should recognize is Ranger Suarez. The lefty reliever pitched 48.2 innings for the 2019 Phillies to the tune of an impressive 3.14 ERA and a stunning 142 ERA+. Bidding for a spot in the rotation in Spring Training, Suarez appeared to be breaking out. He pitched 5.0 scoreless innings to begin his Spring campaign before giving up his first 2 runs against the Boston Red Sox, but he recorded four strikeouts through three innings in the process.