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8 Kurt Suzuki C
Height/Weight: 5-11/203 | 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%: 21/13 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Five Twins return for workouts on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) All five Twins players -- Byron Buxton, Trevor May, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer and Kurt Suzuki -- that were sent home due to illness on Monday, returned to the clubhouse on Tuesday and rejoined the club for workouts, reports the Star Tribune.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins send five home due to illness before Monday workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) 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
(2/28/2015) 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
(2/24/2015) 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.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kurt Suzuki absent from Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is catching a break for the Friday night game against the visiting Angels. Josmil Pinto is set to start instead.

Suzuki has seven hits in his last 22 at-bats and a stat line on the season of .291/.350/.382.


Kurt Suzuki absent from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Scuffling Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been given the night off Wednesday with Cleveland in town. Eric Fryer is set to start instead.

Suzuki is hitless in nine at-bats over the last three games, but he still boasts a strong stat line of .302/.363/.395.


Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kurt Suzuki extended by Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Twins have not only kept catcher Kurt Suzuki through the trading deadline, but signed him to a contract extension, per Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Suzuki has been a surprise this season with a .307/.368/.389 stat line. But he has slumped recently with three hits in his last 17 at-bats and three hitless games in the last five.


Report: Twins working on exension with Kurt Suzuki


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, but the team has actually been busy working to get him a contract extension, according to FOXSports.com.

Suzuki was an All-Star this season and is hitting .304/.367/.386 while working on one-year deal. According to the report, there is a "reasonable chance" the extension gets done and Suzuki is not traded. 


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.