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8 Kurt Suzuki C
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 10/4/1983 | Birthplace: Wailuku, HI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Cal State-Fullerton | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 15/11 | Average Draft Position: 289.69
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Projections
TimeframeABHRAVGRBIRSB
2014 Season (CBSSports.com)384.008.00.23440.0038.002.00
 
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
370.243840
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20141000000000
20139300000000
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
More Injuries
 
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs RHP2260 .385 .364 .273
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
04/15/2014Curtis Granderson, RF NYM
Kurt Suzuki, C MIN
Brett Lawrie, 3B TOR
Dustin Ackley, CF SEA
04/14/2014Jesus Montero, C SEA
Tyler Flowers, C CHW
Francisco Cervelli, C NYY
Mike Zunino, C SEA
Kurt Suzuki, C MIN
Brian Matusz, RP BAL
04/14/2014Chris Sale, SP CHW
Jonathan Lucroy, C MIL
Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL
Prince Fielder, 1B TEX
Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS
Kurt Suzuki, C MIN
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppABRHHRRBIBBSB
3/31@CHW4020300
4/2@CHW6030100
4/4@CLE2000020
4/6@CLE2010120
4/7OAK4110100
4/9OAK4100010
4/11KC5120200
4/12KC4100000
4/13KC3000000
4/15TOR3000010
 
Rank Among Leaders
 
 
Latest News
Kurt Suzuki providing some offense for Twins
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/14) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is known more for being a strong defensive catcher, but he has delivered some early returns on offense in his first year with Minnesota.

Suzuki is batting .318 (7 for 22) with a .444 on-base percentage and .808 OPS through six games. He has only one double and no home runs, but Suzuki has driven in six runs. He also has more walks (five) than strikeouts (two).

Twins giving Kurt Suzuki tryout as No. 2 hitter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/14) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire chose to bat catcher Kurt Suzuki second in Monday's season opener against the White Sox, despite Suzuki having just a career .309 on-base percentage.

"We settled on Suzuki batting second because he's a great contact guy," Gardenhire said, per MLB.com. "And with [Chris Sale] pitching, you have to put the ball in play."

Gardenhire explained his decision to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony as he could use Suzuki in hit-and-run situations to help manufacture runs. Antony added, however, Suzuki isn't locked in to batting second all year.

"He takes good at-bats," Antony said. "He can hit and run. (Brian) Dozier is not a prototypical leadoff guy in that he's not a 50-stolen base guy. So there are some things we might do hit-and-run-wise. So we're going to try to manufacture runs. So at least on opening day, Gardy wants to see what [Suzuki] can do in the two-hole."

Twins manager mulling leadoff options
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/14) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday he might bat Brian Dozier or Kurt Suzuki in the leadoff spot, if center fielders Darin Mastroianni or Aaron Hicks don't settle into the role, per the Pioneer Press.
Kurt Suzuki 'not trying to be' Joe Mauer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/14) Although he was essentially signed to replace Joe Mauer behind the plate, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he won't try to measure up to the former AL MVP.

"I'm not trying to be Joe," Suzuki said, per FOX Sports North. "I feel like I've got a lot to offer still in this game. I still feel on top of my game. Obviously the last couple years haven't gone the way I wanted to, but the way my body feels, I'm in a good spot mentally right now. I'm looking forward to this season."

The Twins didn't sign Suzuki, who is a career .253 hitter, for his bat. He was signed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract this offseason because of his leadership and defensive abilities.

"We talked to Oakland when we were out there and they had nothing but the best things in the world to say about Suzuki as far as a leader, a catcher, calling the ball game, very intelligent, helping everybody out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He brings a lot to the table."

Kurt Suzuki expected to start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/24/14) The Twins are expected to start Kurt Suzuki behind the plate this season.

With Joe Mauer moving to first, Suzuki will take over as the main catcher. The team is unsure who will back him up at this time. Suzuki hit .232 in 285 at-bats. 

 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
3/22/14NYY1:05 pmMasahiro Tanaka
4/16/14TOR8:10 pmR.A. Dickey
4/17/14TOR1:10 pmDustin McGowan
4/18/14@ KC8:10 pmJames Shields
4/19/14@ KC2:10 pmJason Vargas
4/20/14@ KC2:10 pmYordano Ventura
4/22/14@ TB7:10 pmJake Odorizzi
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2007OAK682132753739243900 .327 .408 .249
2008OAK14853054148742446923 .346 .370 .279
2009OAK147570741561588285982 .313 .421 .274
2010OAK131495551201371334932 .303 .366 .242
2011OAK134460541091444386422 .301 .385 .237
2012OAK-WAS1184083696643207320 .276 .328 .235
2013WAS-OAK942852566532223520 .290 .337 .232
2014MIN103749086200 .349 .297 .243
Total 850299832975767367215390199 .310 .374 .253
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2007OAKC66614654313220 .996
2008OAKC1411369869275364 .994
2009OAKC1351329969236857 .995
2010OAKC1231218688253585 .991
2011OAKC1291279769145577 .993
2012OAK-WASC1171138818156157 .994
2013WAS-OAKC93826626213565 .991
2014MINC10107573110 .987
Total  814782590955293404035 .993
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2007OAK1308753304
2008OAK2511961211220
2009OAK371240718014
2010OAK1821814012322
2011OAK260177737114
2012OAK-WAS20013454535
2013WAS-OAK1319642362
2014MIN201101002
Total 154511223316491583
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012WAS51704022400 .316 .235 .235
Total 51704022400 .316 .235 .235
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2004 A-Vancouver461752752103331182601 .394 .440 .297
2005 A-Stockton114441851222651265636153 .378 .440 .277
2006 AA-Midland9937664107261755585053 .392 .415 .285
2007AAA-Sacramento55211325990327214100 .351 .365 .280
2010AAA-Sacramento River Cat384320152100 .5001.000 .375
Total 317121121234373926183162179107 .378 .423 .283
 
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