Suarez gives hometown Major League pride

Tigers shortstop one of two active big leaguers hailing from Puerto Ordaz

Suarez gives hometown Major League pride

Eugenio Suarez, SS, Tigers
Hometown: Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, Venezuela

Eugenio Suarez is one of seven Venezuelan-born players on the Tigers, along with Miguel Cabrera, Hernan Perez, Ezequiel Carrera, Victor Martinez, Anibal Sanchez and Bruce Rondon.

But Suarez is one of only two active Major League players from his hometown of Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar. Infielder Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros also hails from there.

Before Suarez reached the Majors earlier this season, he played in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2009-10, where he hit .311 in 2010 before being promoted to the Tigers' Gulf Coast League affiliate the following season.

Three years later, the 23-year-old has held his own at the big league level, helping fill a hole at short following a Spring Training injury to Detroit's everyday shortstop, Jose Iglesias.

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.