Jesus Sucre

Jesus Sucre

35-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Orioles in January of 2019.
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CFree Agent  
October 22, 2019
Sucre officially elected free agency Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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The 31-year-old cracked the Orioles' Opening Day roster as a second catcher but appeared in only 21 contests for the big club before being outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk in late April. He'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal as he heads to the open market this winter.
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Sucre began the 2018 season as the Rays' No. 2 catcher behind Wilson Ramos, but due to injuries and Ramos being traded, ended up appearing in a career-high 73 games (52 starts). The 30-year-old likely would have seen more opportunities, but his abysmal .209/.247/.253 slash line led Tampa Bay to spread out playing time behind the plate. Sucre was removed from the 40-man roster in November and it's rather difficult to see him working his way back on, as the Rays have younger options -- Michael Perez and Nick Ciuffo -- to back up Mike Zunino. Whether he remains with Tampa Bay or ends up elsewhere, the best-case scenario for Sucre is likely a backup role due to his defensive capabilities. Otherwise, he seems destined to provide catching depth in the minors to start the year.
After serving as organizational catching depth for the Mariners over the past six seasons, Sucre beat out Luke Maile and Curt Casali for Tampa Bay's backup catching job out of spring training. Sucre served as the backup to Derek Norris to start the year, but after outperforming Norris both offensively and defensively, he stuck around as the team's No. 2 backstop once starting catcher Wilson Ramos returned from the disabled list. The 29-year-old wound up playing in a career-high 69 games, finishing the season with a .256/.289/.409 line, seven homers and 29 RBI in 192 plate appearances -- the best numbers of his career in any season with more than 10 appearances. He's expected to slot in behind Ramos as the Rays' backup catcher; with Ramos entering the season healthy, Sucre figures to see a similarly light workload in 2018.
After years of showing ineptitude against upper-level pitching, Sucre was banished to another season of organizational catching depth for the Mariners. Things started out inauspiciously, as he broke his leg during the offseason and underwent surgery that held him out for much of the 2016 campaign. Once he recovered and began his tenure with Triple-A Tacoma, the 28-year-old showed some signs of life by batting .273 while striking out just 14.4 percent of the time, although these improvements are mostly nullified given that he's older than many of the players still in the minor leagues. He got a few at-bats in the major leagues and held his own surprisingly well, going 12-for-25 with two doubles and a home run. This production was likely just an anomaly given his ridiculously high .579 BABIP. With the Mariners trading him to the Rays over the offseason, Sucre appears to be destined for an organizational depth role with Curt Casali and Luke Maile competing for playing time until Wilson Ramos is ready for action.
Sucre usually functions as an emergency catcher stashed at Triple-A, but last year he was pressed into everyday duty when Mike Zunino was demoted late in the season. He is a decent receiver but absolutely can't hit a lick -- he had the lowest average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage of any major leaguer with at least 140 plate appearances last season. He'll be back at Triple-A this season as the Mariners stocked their catching corps in the offseason with Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger, affording Zunino an opportunity to return to the minors and learn how to hit.
Sucre was called up last July to replace John Buck as the backup to Mike Zunino. Sucre is pretty much a zero at the plate – in 64 plate appearances last season he failed to draw a walk and struck out in 26.6% of his plate appearances. He's a decent catcher, but the Mariners likely will sign a free agent backup, sending Sucre back to Triple-A Tacoma.
Sucre served as a placeholder for the Mariners last season between the demotion of Jesus Montero and the promotion of Mike Zunino. In his short stay he managed to suffer a hand injury and never made it back to the big leagues. Sucre is a decent catcher, but he has no bat. The Mariners likely will sign a backup catcher, giving Sucre little shot at making the roster. He will likely be sent to Triple-A Tacoma as insurance in case injuries strike the catching corps this season.
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Assigned to Triple-A
CBaltimore Orioles  
April 30, 2019
Sucre cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Designated for assignment
CBaltimore Orioles  
April 28, 2019
Sucre was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Sunday.
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Situated on bench
CBaltimore Orioles  
April 24, 2019
Sucre is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Not in lineup
CBaltimore Orioles  
April 22, 2019
Sucre is not starting Monday against the White Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Situated on bench
CBaltimore Orioles  
April 18, 2019
Sucre is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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