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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%: 71/58 | Average Draft Position: 276.94
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Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Report: Kurt Suzuki being eyed by Cardinals, Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is arguably enjoying his strongest season since 2009, is getting eyed by the Cardinals and Orioles, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cardinals starting catcher Yadier Molina and Baltimore counterpart Matt Wieters are out for the season. Suzuki has proven to be one of the premier clutch hitters among major league catchers this season. He boasts a strong stat line of .308/.367/.393 while playing quite well behind the plate.


Twins open to trading potential free agents


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Twins are open to trading DH Kendrys Morales, who signed with the team in early June, and other potential free agents, according to FOX Sports. The list includes Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki.

Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.


Kurt Suzuki catching a break against Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Hot-hitting Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is set to sit Wednesday afternoon against Cleveland. Eric Fryer will take his place.

Suzuki has hit safely in eight of the last nine games in which he was credited with an at-bat.


Kurt Suzuki talks don't go far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Twins recently held exploratory contract talks with All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki, but the talks didn't go far, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Suzuki is set to become a free agent after this season.

He's batting .305 with two homers and 38 RBI in 285 at-bats. If the last-place Twins decide to shed expiring contracts before the trade deadline, Suzuki would be a very desirable trade piece, the paper said.


Hitters to start in Week 17


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27)? You might want to give a second look to Kurt Suzuki, Mark Teixeira, Scooter Gennett, Conor Gillaspie, Jed Lowrie and Corey Dickerson.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kurt Suzuki given a rest Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is catching a break Sunday in the finale of a series against Tampa Bay. Eric Fryer is manning the position instead.

Suzuki has continued on his path to a career year. He has nine hits and four RBI in his last seven games and owns a stat line of .305/.362/.389.


Kurt Suzuki hasn't been approached about an extension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hasn't been approached about an extension, according to 1500 ESPN.

When asked earlier in the week whether the team had offered a deal, Suzuki responded that he wasn't aware of any contract offers. An extension would have to be at least two years, or Suzuki would test the free-agent waters in the offseason. Suzuki has experienced a resurgence with the club, hitting .309/.365/.396  over 278 at-bats.


Hitters to avoid in the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Like what you've gotten from Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee, Kurt Suzuki or Erick Aybar so far? Hoping for a rebound from Allen Craig? You might want to look into alternatives.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Salvador Perez, Royals
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

Kurt Suzuki on 9-game hitting streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki enters Tuesday's game at the Angels on a nine-game hitting streak. He's 14 for 33 (.424) with three doubles and three RBI during the streak and is batting .321 overall.

In Sunday's win over the White Sox, Suzuki went 3 for 4 with a double.


Regular at-bats not enough for Kurt Suzuki to maintain value


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/9/2014) Coming into the season, Kurt Suzuki looked like he would have to battle Josmil Pinto for playing time, but with 43 starts in 61 games, he's practically got the Twins' starting gig to himself. And with a .297 batting average and top 12 standing among catchers in standard Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats, he would appear to be a legitimate option in two-catcher leagues, even with some regression.

Fortunately for Suzuki, he's not getting a real challenge from Pinto, who has hit for power, but has struck and popped out on his way to a .222 batting average. Pinto has also failed to throw out a runner in 16 tries, so you can't blame Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for penciling Suzuki into his lineup on a regular basis.

As I noted in a recent blog post, Suzuki has improved his plate discipline, but his batting average and overall Fantasy value look due to plunge. Despite the lack of a challenge to his playing time, Suzuki doesn't project to produce enough going forward to be worth starting outside of deep leagues. If you're currently relying on Suzuki in a mixed league, you should consider replacing him with either Mike Zunino or John Jaso, both of whom are still available in more than 60 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.


Kurt Suzuki open to extension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is open to signing an extension with the club, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Suzuki signed a one-year deal with the team last offseason, and appears to be enjoying his time in Minnesota. Despite his willingness to sign, a source close to the situation said it was "too early" for the team to make this type of decision. Suzuki has performed well, hitting .291/.360/.397 in 151 at-bats.


Kurt Suzuki collects inside-the-park home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 1 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run in his team's 5-3 win over the Padres Tuesday.

Suzuki's eighth-inning home run tacked on an insurance run the Twins would not ultimately lead. He has hit .310/.374/.434 with two home runs and 27 RBI in 129 at-bats.


Kurt Suzuki set to bat cleanup for first time in four years


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Twins red-hot catcher Kurt Suzuki has earned his first start as a cleanup hitter since Oct. 3, 2010. He has landed in that spot for the Saturday night game against Seattle.

Suzuki has been an RBI machine this season with 25 despite just one home run. He is also on a six-game hitting streak in which he is 11 for 27 as his average has risen to .322. Suzuki has struck out just nine times in 118 at-bats.


Kurt Suzuki racks up three more hits


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki continues to swing a hot bat, as he had multiple hits yet again in a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

Suzuki went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in the game, finishing the three-game series with the Red Sox 7 for 14 overall. He is now hitting .325/.394/.421 on the season, with 25 RBI despite just one home run in 32 games. 


Kurt Suzuki remains on roll for Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Those waiting for weeks for Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to cool off are still waiting.

Suzuki, who is batting .400 with runners in scoring position this season, has 14 hits in his last 39 at-bats to raise his average to .312. He has batted either second or fifth in each of the last four games as he continues to gain the trust of Ron Gardenhire.


Kurt Suzuki reaches base four times in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki reached base four times in his team's 5-2 win over the Orioles on Sunday.

Suzuki drew a walk with the bases loaded in the fifth and doubled in two runs in the seventh inning. He added a single and finished 3 for 3 with a walk and three RBI, improving his batting average to .325 through his first 77 at-bats. He has a .402 on-base percentage with one home run and 22 RBI in 23 games.


Kurt Suzuki quietly driving in runs for Minnesota


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki doubled Wednesday against the Dodgers and has hit safely in six of his last nine games, which includes three multi-hit games.

Suzuki is batting .385 (10 for 26) with a .577 slugging percentage and 1.018 OPS in his last nine games. He has one home run, two doubles and 11 RBI over that span.


Kurt Suzuki slugs first longball as a DH


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki moved out from behind the plate Saturday, appearing in his first game as a designated hitter in a 5-4 loss to the Royals.

Suzuki went 2 for 4 in the game and used the extra rest to hit his first home run of the season. He drove in three runs total, adding a two-run single in the fifth to his fourth-inning solo shot.

Suzuki is now hitting .277/.375/.383 in 14 games played, and now ranks second on the team with 12 RBI.


Kurt Suzuki providing some offense for Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) 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
(3/31/2014) 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
(3/11/2014) 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
(1/30/2014) 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
(1/24/2014) 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.