Seiya Suzuki

Seiya Suzuki

29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
An oblique injury, suffered early in spring training, put Suzuki on the injured list to begin the 2023 season. He then endured some ups and downs in the first half, bottoming out with a .475 OPS in the month of June, before exploding for a .313/.372/.566 line and 13 home runs after the All-Star break. He finished with a 126 wRC+ for the season (100 is average). Pretty much everything was up for Suzuki across the board from his debut season in MLB after a storied career in his native Japan, with the exception being steals as his total fell to from nine to six even with more playing time and the rule changes benefitting stolen bases. While speed isn't a huge part of his game, there may still be some sleeper potential here if you believe in his second-half surge. Suzuki, now 29, projects to remain a near-everyday outfielder and middle-of-the-order presence under new Cubs manager Craig Counsell. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#100
ADP
$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs in March of 2022.
Absent from Thursday's lineup
OFChicago Cubs
May 30, 2024
Suzuki is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The Cubs will go with Mike Tauchman in right field, Cody Bellinger at designated hitter and Pete Crow-Armstrong in center field as they try to salvage a series split. Though his power hasn't shown up yet this season, Suzuki enters Thursday's game with a modest six-game hit streak, going 8-for-27 over that span.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .815 332 48 9 37 4 .278 .358 .457
Since 2022vs Right .790 838 100 29 99 13 .270 .338 .452
2024vs Left .610 46 6 2 5 2 .209 .261 .349
2024vs Right .746 95 13 2 11 0 .277 .337 .410
2023vs Left .852 166 26 3 21 2 .306 .380 .472
2023vs Right .838 417 49 17 53 4 .278 .348 .491
2022vs Left .847 120 16 4 11 0 .269 .367 .481
2022vs Right .742 326 38 10 35 9 .259 .325 .416
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .801 530 74 19 71 8 .272 .345 .456
Since 2022Away .794 640 74 19 65 9 .273 .342 .452
2024Home .761 52 7 2 11 0 .244 .346 .415
2024Away .669 89 12 2 5 2 .259 .292 .376
2023Home .784 266 38 9 37 3 .269 .338 .445
2023Away .892 317 37 11 37 3 .300 .372 .520
2022Home .832 212 29 8 23 5 .282 .354 .479
2022Away .713 234 25 6 23 4 .244 .321 .392
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Stat Review
How does Seiya Suzuki compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.4%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.135
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.389
 
OPS
.701
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
91.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.7%
 
Barrels/PA
7.1%
 
Expected BA
.260
 
Expected SLG
.457
 
Sprint Speed
23.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
33.7%
 
Line Drive %
18.9%
 
Fly Ball %
47.4%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Added muscle over offseason
OFChicago Cubs
February 21, 2023
Suzuki added 20 pounds of muscle over the offseason, per Andy Martinez of the Marquee Sports Network.
ANALYSIS
Suzuki said through an interpreter that he wanted to improve his durability and the mechanics of his power stroke at the plate. The 28-year-old battled a couple of different injuries during his first MLB season in 2022, but he showed impressive flashes when healthy. He could be primed for a true breakthrough here in 2023 with better health and more overall strength.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
There was a lot of hype surrounding Suzuki last winter as he transitioned to MLB following a long, successful run in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. It looked initially like he might exceed expectations in Year 1 of his five-year, $85 million deal with the Cubs. He hit four homers in his first nine games, but Suzuki eventually slowed and a finger injury wiped out his entire month of June. A chase rate in the 90th percentile suggests he could trim his strikeout rate down some (from 24.7%) as he gets better situated against big-league pitching. With power, speed and regular playing time projected, Suzuki looks like a classic post-hype fantasy sleeper. He figures to bat high in the order and should have the green light to run under manager David Ross, whose team ranked second in the NL in steal attempts last season.
An erroneous report announced Suzuki would be signing with the Padres, but shortly thereafter he agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Cubs, and he's expected to be the everyday starter in right field. The 27-year-old is coming over from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, where he won the equivalent of the Gold Glove Award five times. He's coming off his most productive offensive season in 2021, as he hit .317/.433/.636 with 38 home runs, 88 RBI and a 88:89 BB:K in 134 games. Suzuki shouldn't be expected to replicate those numbers while facing better pitchers in MLB, but he could be a serviceable option with some upside in his rookie campaign.
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Posts steal
OFChicago Cubs
May 29, 2024
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Brewers.
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Grabbing seat Friday
OFChicago Cubs
May 17, 2024
Suzuki is not in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Pirates.
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Continues strong play Wednesday
OFChicago Cubs
May 15, 2024
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and another run scored in Wednesday's 7-1 win over Atlanta.
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Records first steal in return
OFChicago Cubs
May 12, 2024
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 10-9 loss to the Pirates. He also stole a base.
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Comes off injured list
OFChicago Cubs
May 10, 2024
Suzuki (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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