34-Year-Old Catcher – Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
In just under half a full season's worth of at-bats, Suzuki set a career high in homers. The surge was largely a result of him crushing southpaws, smacking seven of his 19 homers versus southpaws in o...
Kurt Suzuki Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Braves in September of 2017.
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.
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|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 (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|
|2018 Spring Training||34||ATL||9||24||21||3||10||3||3||0||0||5||0||0||1||2||0||1||1||.476||.500||.619||1.119|
|2018 RotoWire Projections||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Kurt Suzuki|
|Career (View All)||1289||4,931||4,467||470||1,149||348||240||6||102||569||19||10||307||580||24||50||83||.257||.314||.382||.696|
|Sep. 30||@Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 28||@Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 26||@NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 25||@NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 23||Phi||Did not play.|
|Sep. 21||Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 15||NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 13||@Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 10||Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 8||Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 6||Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 3||@ChC||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||17||3||7||2||0||1||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||.412||.444||.706||1.150|
|Last 14 Games||33||6||14||2||0||4||8||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||.424||.441||.848||1.289|
|Last 30 Games||70||11||25||4||0||4||11||2||7||0||0||3||0||0||.357||.400||.586||.986|
Kurt Suzuki: MLB Games Played By Position
Kurt Suzuki Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2012 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||OAK/WAS||442||408||4.5%||16.5%||0.27||82%||.269||.093|
|2013 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||WAS/OAK||316||285||7%||11.1%||0.63||88%||.245||.105|
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Kurt Suzuki Defensive Stats
|Pos||Year||Inn||DRS (?)||Pos Rank||Range & Pos||OF Arm||GFP/DME||GDP||Bunts||Catcher SB||Pitcher SB||Adj ERA||Strike Zone|
2017 Stat Review for Kurt Suzuki As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Kurt Suzuki
2018 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2018 projections compared to top 40 catchers in 2016 (min 225 PA)
Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAdams, Lane (OF)
AAAllard, Kolby (P)
A+Davidson, Braxton (OF)
AAnderson, Ian (P)
RookieBacon, Troy (P)
Kurt Suzuki: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Suzuki bounced back from a subpar 2015 season to have a decent year at the plate, hitting .258 with eight home runs and a .704 OPS. Although he never landed on the DL, Suzuki played just 106 games due to a variety of bumps and bruises along with a concerted effort from the Twins to give him rest. Suzuki makes good contact with few strikeouts, but he lacks power. He also doesn't add much on defense as he threw out just 19 percent of basestealers and he has typically had poor pitch-framing stats. Following an agreement to play for the Braves, the 33-year-old seems to be in line to be the backup for Tyler Flowers heading into 2017, although Anthony Recker could provide some competition for the position as well.
Suzuki's status as Minnesota's starting catcher is at risk after a poor season at the plate and with the Twins acquiring John Ryan Murphy. After hitting .309/.365/.396 in the first half of 2014, the Twins signed him to a two-year contract extension. His improvement at the plate ended up being a mirage as he's hit just .244/.301/.328 since the 2014 All-Star break. His poor hitting wasn't offset by his defense as he threw out just 15 percent of base stealers and was below average by advanced defensive metrics and pitch-framing stats. Suzuki does make good contact with few strikeouts, but he lacks any notable power. He may have a much smaller role with the Twins this season in the final year of his contract.
Suzuki had a surprising resurgence at the plate that resulted in a two-year contract extension as the team's everyday catcher with Joe Mauer moving to first base. Suzuki originally signed a one-year deal with many thinking he'd serve as a veteran bridge to young catcher Josmil Pinto. However, Pinto was sent to Triple-A early in the season and Suzuki got hot at the plate by hitting .309/.365/.396 in the first half of the season. Rather than trade a player hitting above his recent career marks, the Twins believed in his revitalization and cited a need for a veteran catcher with many younger pitchers on the staff by giving him the extension in July. It's not clear it was a wise decision, as Suzuki hit just .253/.313/.362 after the All Star break. His .728 OPS isn't unprecedented as he had similar offense performances six years ago, but his hot hitting was likely fueled by a career-high .315 BABIP. While Suzuki's defense drew raves from the Twins, he looked below average by advanced defensive metrics and his pitch-framing stats were poor. Suzuki does make good contact with few strikeouts, but don't count on a continued career resurgence at the dish.
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 at-bats for the Nationals. Suzuki made up for his typically low batting average by averaging 14 home runs from 2009-11, but he has hit just 11 total home runs over the last two years. The A's did not exercise their option on Suzuki, and he signed a one-year deal with the Twins in December to serve as a veteran bridge to young catcher Josmil Pinto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.