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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Kurt Suzuki went 0-for-4 in the loss to the A's on Saturday, leaving him with a .227/.283/.303 line for the season.
The Twins could live with Suzuki's offense if it came with a quality glove, but he's become one of the league's weaker defensive catchers these last couple of years. Tonight, he couldn't block a ball that led to a key wild pitch for Glen Perkins in a blown save in the bottom of the ninth and he couldn't throw out Billy Burns stealing third ahead of the game-winning hit in the 10th. If there's a contender that should be on the lookout for a starting catcher these next two weeks, it's the Twins. Jul 19 - 12:16 AM

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Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup against the Brewers on Saturday.

Just a day of rest for the veteran backstop. Chris Herrmann will get the start behind the dish for the Twins and bat sixth against Matt Garza and the Brewers.
Jun 27 - 11:29 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Brewers.

Chris Herrmann will take his place behind the plate for the Twins and will bat seventh against opposing right-hander Matt Garza. Suzuki should be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Jun 6 - 11:20 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish in Suzuki's place.
May 27 - 11:21 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

He's simply getting some rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
May 24 - 11:24 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
May 17 - 11:08 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Friday's win over the Indians.

Two of Suzuki's three hits went for doubles. They were his first two doubles of the season. After a .288/.345/.383 campaign in 2014, the veteran catcher has struggled to keep his average up in his second go-round with the Twins. He came into the game hitting just .213/.286/.299.
May 9 - 12:50 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Chris Herrmann is at catcher Sunday in Suzuki's place.
May 3 - 11:11 AM

Kurt Suzuki belted his second home run of the season on Saturday but it wasn't enough for the Twins to overcome the Indians.

Suzuki tagged Indians' starter Danny Salazar for a solo blast in the seventh inning, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but that would be as close as the Twins would get. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .214/.313/.429 on the season.
Apr 18 - 4:49 PM

Kurt Suzuki went hitless again Thursday, leaving him in a 10-for-64 slump in his last 17 games.

Not only is he hitting .156 over his last 17 games, but he hasn't walked once. He also hasn't homered. Fortunately, the Twins were smart enough to sign him at the absolute peak of his value when they gave him a two-year, $12 million extension before the trade deadline.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went hitless Wednesday and is in a 2-for-31 slump.

We hope the Twins weren't counting on Suzuki remaining a force offensively when they gave him a two-year, $12 million extension last month. He's one more bad game away from having his average drop below .290 for the first time since May 2.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the A's on Sunday.

Suzuki broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning, and he also had an RBI single in the ninth. The 30-year-old, who is enjoying a career revitalization in Minnesota, is hitting .305/.366/.390 with 48 RBI as the Twins' everyday catcher this season.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:52:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki doubled and drove in three runs against the White Sox on Friday.

Suzuki ended the game 2-for-4. He hit the third inning double off of White Sox starter Chris Sale and added an RBI single in the seventh and an RBI groundout in the ninth. Suzuki had a chance to do more damage than that, as the bases were loaded in the final frame, but he couldn't come through against Jake Petricka as the Twins lost 10-8. Suzuki has had a solid season, especially in the average and on-base categories, slashing .309/.372/.395. Maybe there's just something in the air in Minnesota that allows catchers to hit for average.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 01:18:00 AM

Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

There's also a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 04:27:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.

The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
2Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Blaine Boyer
3Brian Duensing
4Casey Fien
5J.R. Graham
6Ryan Pressly
7Trevor May
8Ryan O'Rourke