Seiya Suzuki

Seiya Suzuki

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs in March of 2022.
Scores twice Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
October 2, 2022
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's victory over Cincinnati.
ANALYSIS
The Cubs scored five runs in the first inning Sunday, and Suzuki's contribution was a walk and a run scored on a Franmil Reyes base hit. The rookie also came around to score on a Nico Hoerner sacrifice fly after reaching via a single to right field. In four games since returning from the injured list Sept. 29, Suzuki is 6-for-14 with a home run and three runs scored.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
21
22
24
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
2
14
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .847 120 16 4 11 0 .269 .367 .481
Since 2020vs Right .742 326 38 10 35 9 .259 .325 .416
2022vs Left .847 120 16 4 11 0 .269 .367 .481
2022vs Right .742 326 38 10 35 9 .259 .325 .416
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .832 212 29 8 23 5 .282 .354 .479
Since 2020Away .713 234 25 6 23 4 .244 .321 .392
2022Home .832 212 29 8 23 5 .282 .354 .479
2022Away .713 234 25 6 23 4 .244 .321 .392
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
24.7%
 
BABIP
.326
 
ISO
.171
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.336
 
SLG
.433
 
OPS
.770
 
wOBA
.337
 
Exit Velocity
89.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.4%
 
Barrels/PA
7.2%
 
Expected BA
.247
 
Expected SLG
.419
 
Sprint Speed
23.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
40.0%
 
Line Drive %
20.0%
 
Fly Ball %
40.0%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
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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Pops 14th home run
OFChicago Cubs
October 2, 2022
Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Reds.
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Tallies triple in return
OFChicago Cubs
September 30, 2022
Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Phillies.
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Snags spot in Thursday's lineup
OFChicago Cubs
September 29, 2022
Suzuki is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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Remains out of lineup
OFChicago Cubs
September 28, 2022
Suzuki isn't starting Wednesday against the Phillies.
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Back from paternity list
OFChicago Cubs
September 27, 2022
Suzuki was reinstated from the restricted list but is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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