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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||440.00||4.00||.266||54.00||35.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Detroit||51||14||0|| .316|| .333|| .275|
|vs Price (Career)||23||5||1|| .478||.250||.217|
|vs LHP||130||43||1|| .371|| .438|| .331|
|Last 10 Games|
Twins send five home due to illness before Monday workouts
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (illness) was back at workouts Monday, but the Twins sent five other players home due to illness before Monday workouts began, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Pitcher Trevor May and outfielders Byron Buxton and Jordan Schafer missed a second straight day of workouts, while catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia also had to miss the Monday session.
The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.
Twins' Kurt Suzuki fine after taking pitch off kneecap
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/28/15) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he would be fine after taking a pitch off his kneecap area Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Ryan Pressly slipped while attempting to deliver a changeup during a live batting practice session Saturday, and the ball crossed up the catcher.
"It was my fault," Pressly said. "I just slipped on the mound and yanked a changeup down. The ball caught (Suzuki) in the meaty part right between the shinguard and the padding. There's a little spot where he's vulnerable."
Manager Paul Molitor said Suzuki wasn't added to the team's post-workout injury report.
Twins' Molitor: Pinto, Herrmann Fryer competing for backup catcher spot
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(2/24/15) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters on Tuesday that there is a three-man race between Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer for the club's backup role behind Kurt Suzuki, per MLB.com.
"That's going to be an interesting competition," Molitor said. "There's different criteria you can consider. Do you want the guy that is going to be your best defender for 30-40 games or you want to have the offense and hopefully have enough defense? I'm open-minded."
At this point, Pinto may be the early favorite because of his threat at the plate. He hit 257/.339/.445 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 78 career games with Minnesota. Herrmann slashed .194/.264/.284 hitter in 97 games over parts of three years with the Twins. Fryer is hitting .246 in 50 career games.
|2014 summary: The Twins signed Kurt Suzuki to a one-year deal last offseason, and in replacing Joe Mauer behind the plate, he played his way into a two-year contract extension. Suzuki's production had languished the previous two seasons as a flyball hitter who no longer had much power, but in 2014 he took to hitting more grounders. The change paid off in the form of a career-high .288 batting average and 61 runs, his highest total since 2010. Suzuki's lack of strikeouts -- 46 in 452 at-bats -- helped him towards an 11th-place ranking among catchers in Fantasy points, but he ranked just 17th in Rotisserie value.|
Playing time status: Suzuki will return as the Twins' No. 1 catcher.
2015 outlook: A low strikeout rate and increased ground ball rate certainly helped to boost Suzuki's value, but a .288 batting average is probably as good as it gets for him. Because he has great contact skills and should get steady playing time, Suzuki will still be worth targeting as a No. 2 catcher in standard mixed leagues.
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