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Kurt Suzuki

30-Year-Old Catcher – Minnesota Twins

2014 Stats

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.278

HR

1

RBI

14

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5

SB

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The A's traded for Suzuki in late August after a rash of injuries to their catching corps. He played sparingly, but managed to mix in a couple of home runs for the A's after hitting only three in 252 ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 233   DOB: 10/4/1983   BORN: Wailuku, HI   COLLEGE: Cal State Fullerton   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Kurt Suzuki Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract plus incentives with the Twins in December of 2013.

April 19, 2014  –  Kurt Suzuki News

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Suzuki is batting seventh as the Twins' designated hitter Saturday at Kansas City, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Kurt Suzuki Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 20 A Van 44 204 170 24 50 16 10 3 3 31 0 1 17 25 3 3 11 .294 .388 .441 .829
2005 21 A Sto 114 504 441 85 122 43 26 5 12 65 5 3 63 61 0 0 0 .277 .378 .440 .818
2006 22 AA MID 99 444 376 64 107 34 26 1 7 55 5 3 58 50 0 1 9 .285 .392 .415 .807
2007 23 AAA SAC 55 240 211 32 59 12 9 0 3 27 0 0 21 41 1 3 4 .280 .351 .365 .716
2007 23 MAJ OAK 68 248 213 27 53 20 13 0 7 39 0 0 24 39 3 5 3 .249 .327 .408 .735
2008 24 MAJ OAK 148 588 530 54 148 33 25 1 7 42 2 3 44 69 2 1 11 .279 .346 .370 .716
2009 25 MAJ OAK 147 614 570 74 156 53 37 1 15 88 8 2 28 59 1 7 8 .274 .313 .421 .734
2010 26 AAA Sac 3 10 8 4 3 3 2 0 1 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .375 .500 1.000 1.500
2010 26 MAJ OAK 131 544 495 55 120 33 18 2 13 71 3 2 33 49 0 4 12 .242 .303 .366 .669
2011 27 MAJ OAK 134 515 460 54 109 40 26 0 14 44 2 2 38 64 3 7 7 .237 .301 .385 .686
2012 28 MAJ OAK 75 278 262 19 57 16 15 0 1 18 1 0 9 53 2 2 3 .218 .250 .286 .536
2012 28 MAJ WAS 43 164 146 17 39 10 5 0 5 25 1 0 11 20 2 3 2 .267 .321 .404 .725
2012  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ OAK/WAS 118 442 408 36 96 26 20 0 6 43 2 0 20 73 4 5 5 .235 .276 .328 .605
2013 29 MAJ WAS 79 281 252 19 56 15 11 1 3 25 2 0 20 32 2 4 3 .222 .283 .310 .593
2013 29 MAJ OAK 15 35 33 6 10 4 2 0 2 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 .303 .343 .545 .888
2013  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ WAS/OAK 94 316 285 25 66 19 13 1 5 32 2 0 22 35 2 4 3 .232 .290 .337 .627
2014 30 MAJ MIN 16 65 54 5 15 4 3 0 1 14 0 0 9 6 1 1 0 .278 .375 .389 .764
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Kurt Suzuki
3-Year Averages MAJ   115 423 384 38 90 27 19 0 8 39 2 0 26 57 3 5 5 .234 .288 .346 .634
Career  (View All) MAJ   856 3332 3015 330 763 228 155 5 68 373 19 9 218 394 16 34 49 .253 .311 .375 .686

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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Kurt Suzuki Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 22 @TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .375 .389 .764
Apr. 20 @KC 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .393 .412 .805
Apr. 19 @KC 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .375 .383 .758
Apr. 18 @KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .365 .302 .667
Apr. 17 Tor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .375 .308 .683
Apr. 17 Tor 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .256 .362 .308 .670
Apr. 16 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 15 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243 .349 .297 .646
Apr. 13 KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .359 .324 .683
Apr. 12 KC 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .389 .355 .744
Apr. 11 KC 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .438 .407 .845
Apr. 10 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 9 Oak 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318 .444 .364 .808
Apr. 7 Oak 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .389 .500 .444 .944
Apr. 6 @Cle 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429 .556 .500 1.056
Apr. 5 @Cle Did not play.
Apr. 4 @Cle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .417 .500 .500 1.000
Apr. 3 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 2 @CWS 6 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .600 1.100
Mar. 31 @CWS 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Last 7 Days 17 1 6 1 0 1 6 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 .353 .429 .588 1.017
Last 14 Days 40 5 9 2 0 1 9 5 4 0 0 0 1 1 .225 .304 .350 .654
Last 30 Days 54 5 15 3 0 1 14 9 6 0 0 0 1 1 .278 .375 .389 .764

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Kurt Suzuki: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 14 1
2013 93
2012 117
2011 129 4
2010 123 7
2009 135 8

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Kurt Suzuki Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013615140.246.344.653
2012958190.242.358.628
201113312261.233.308.617

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013224204282.228.335.619
2012313285342.233.319.598
20113274212381.239.416.713

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201313192141.244.328.641
2012195143200.200.292.542
2011234248290.235.380.665

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013154163181.221.344.614
2012213223232.268.362.662
2011226306152.239.389.706
Kurt Suzuki Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 20 A Van 204 170 8.3% 12.3% 0.68 85% .331 .147
2005 21 A Sto 504 441 12.5% 12.1% 1.03 86% .299 .163
2006 22 AA MID 444 376 13.1% 11.3% 1.16 87% .313 .130
2007 23 AAA SAC 240 211 8.8% 17.1% 0.51 81% .335 .085
2007 23 MAJ OAK 248 213 9.7% 15.7% 0.62 82% .275 .159
2008 24 MAJ OAK 588 530 7.5% 11.7% 0.64 87% .311 .091
2009 25 MAJ OAK 614 570 4.6% 9.6% 0.47 90% .284 .147
2010 26 AAA Sac 10 8 20% 10% 2.00 88% .333 .625
2010 26 MAJ OAK 544 495 6.1% 9% 0.67 90% .247 .124
2011 27 MAJ OAK 515 460 7.4% 12.4% 0.59 86% .249 .148
2012 28 MAJ OAK 278 262 3.2% 19.1% 0.17 80% .269 .068
2012 28 MAJ WAS 164 146 6.7% 12.2% 0.55 86% .281 .137
2012  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ OAK/WAS 442 408 4.5% 16.5% 0.27 82% .274 .093
2013 29 MAJ WAS 281 252 7.1% 11.4% 0.63 87% .244 .088
2013 29 MAJ OAK 35 33 5.7% 8.6% 0.67 91% .286 .242
2013  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ WAS/OAK 316 285 7% 11.1% 0.63 88% .249 .105
2014 30 MAJ MIN 65 54 13.8% 9.2% 1.50 89% .298 .111
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Kurt Suzuki
3-Year Averages MAJ   423 384 6.1% 13.5% 0.46 85% .257 .112
Career MAJ   3332 3015 6.5% 11.8% 0.55 87% .272 .122

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2014 Stat Review for Kurt Suzuki    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.278 AVG
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89% Contact Rate
ELITE
.298 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.389 SLG
WEAK
.111 ISO
POOR
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.50 BB/K
ELITE
13.8% BB Rate
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9.2% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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.764 OPS
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.375 OBP
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Best Matchups for Kurt Suzuki (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jesse Crain HOU 8 3 1 4 1 1 1 .375 .875 1.275
Brandon League LA 13 5 1 3 0 2 0 .385 .769 1.198
Jeremy Guthrie KC 15 6 1 3 0 2 0 .400 .733 1.171
Brett Cecil TOR 13 5 1 1 1 0 0 .385 .692 1.121
Clay Buchholz BOS 12 6 0 2 0 0 0 .500 .583 1.083
Bruce Chen KC 16 7 1 4 0 0 1 .438 .625 1.063
R.A. Dickey TOR 11 4 1 3 1 0 0 .364 .636 1.053
Derek Holland TEX 24 8 2 4 0 3 0 .333 .708 1.042
Zach Miner SEA 8 4 0 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
Daisuke Matsuzaka NY-N 11 4 1 2 0 0 0 .364 .636 1.000

Worst Matchups for Kurt Suzuki (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Phil Hughes MIN 8 1 0 1 0 2 0 .125 .125 .325
C.J. Wilson ANA 22 2 0 3 2 6 2 .091 .136 .296
Joe Saunders TEX 31 2 1 1 2 1 0 .065 .161 .283
Mark Lowe CLE 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 .091 .182 .273
Ervin Santana ATL 33 3 0 2 1 7 0 .091 .091 .230
Shaun Marcum CLE 11 1 0 0 0 3 0 .091 .091 .182
Erik Bedard TB 10 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .091
Tim Hudson SF 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Nate Robertson DET 8 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Jerome Williams HOU 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000

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Kurt Suzuki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Suzuki was the sole source of offense for the Twins onMonday, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

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Suzuki is starting at catcher and batting second in the lineup in Monday's Opening Day matchup against the White Sox, MLB.com reports.

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Suzuki hit second in the order in Saturday's spring training game and could hit in the No. 2 spot during the regular season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Suzuki is more likely to share catching duties with Josmil Pinto after Eric Fryer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. "I don't have a problem with him [Pinto] splitting time with [Kurt] Suzuki -- that could be part of his development," manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com earlier in the week.

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Suzuki is expected to open 2014 as the Twins' starting catcher, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Not sure who's going to back him up," GM Terry Ryan said Friday.

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Suzuki signed a one-year deal with the Twins on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Minnesota is interested in signing Suzuki, along with the Cubs and Rockies, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Suzuki bottomed out in his final season in Oakland, hitting just .218 with one home run before getting dealt to the Nats just after the trade deadline. He looked more like his old barely-adequate self in Washington, hitting .267 with five homers in 43 games, but with Wilson Ramos set to be healthy Suzuki will likely be stuck in a backup role in 2013. With a number of teams looking for viable options behind the plate heading into the season, it is entirely possible that he will be on the move again at some point in the near future.

2012

Suzuki's value is tied almost exclusively to your scoring format. In traditional 4x4 or 5x5 leagues, catchers that hit for 15 homers, 60 RBI and 60 runs hold some value in their counting stats alone; those in OPS-based leagues got killed again with Suzuki's poor .237/.301/.385 line over 460 at-bats. There have been no signs of growth after a somewhat promising 2009 season, and he seems to be settling in as a .240 hitter and not the .270 version that some had hoped for. He struggles against lefties and righties, home and away, so there's no platoon possibility for the A's to take advantage of or to use to reduce his playing time. His high price tag could lead to a trade elsewhere following the acquisition of Derek Norris in December.

2011

Suzuki failed to play in at least 145 games last season for the first time since becoming a lineup regular, but still managed 131 games behind the plate as the A's heavily-used catcher. He gave back all the promising power gains he showed in 2009, however, shedding 60 points in slugging and posting a career-low (.366) mark in the process. Any thoughts of it being a side effect of a too-quick return from an early-season oblique injury can be dismissed with his terrible final two months (.206 average, no homers, 24 RBI his final 185 at-bats). His road performance (.220/.270/.331) was far worse than his home numbers, making it tough to find anything positive from 2010.

2010

For the second straight season, Suzuki appeared in at least 147 games as the A's primary catcher. He drew just 28 walks in 570 at-bats, leading to a poor .313 OBP in what otherwise was a pretty decent year from a catcher. His 37 doubles and 15 homers show good potential and he'll be just 26 years old this season so there's still some upside here. The A's haven't made any indication that they are interested in reducing Suzuki's workload, so he should be in line for at least 140 games and 550 at-bats again in 2010.

2009

Suzuki played often as the A's regular behind the plate, appearing in 148 games. He'll rack up enough counting stats given his heavy workload to be worth a bit as your second catcher, but his modest power doesn't project as being worthy of your No. 1 spot behind the plate.

2008

Suzuki emerged as the A's everyday catcher following the trade of Jason Kendall after spending just half a season at Triple-A Sacramento. His struggles against righties (.252/.319/.327 at Triple-A) will result in some less-than-stellar numbers for him in the majors the next year or two. There's not a lot of projectable power here, making him a poor option for those in leagues that use OBP and SLG as scoring categories.

2007

After putting up an .856 OPS in the first half at Double-A Midland, Suzuki tailed off in July, hitting just .215. He's got excellent strike zone judgement and punished the lefties in the Texas League to the tune of a 1.054 OPS. His glovework behind the plate improved as well. There's a lot to like about the 23-year-old catcher. If his gap power continues to develop as he moves up the chain, he could be an offensive force behind the plate. He'll start the season at Triple-A and figures to push for a starting job by 2008.

2006

Suzuki, a 2004 draft pick, has shown a good eye at the plate in his brief pro career. He doesn't have a ton of power, though, and given how often catcher bats stagnate as they advance, it's debatable if he'll hit enough to be a major league regular.