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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher | #24

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Fullerton
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Friday’s 7-4 victory over the Nationals.
The game was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the eighth before Nick Markakis singled off Enny Romero to put the Braves in front. Suzuki, who had an RBI double back in the fifth inning, then connected for a two-run homer off Romero to provide closer Jim Johnson with some extra breathing room. With Tyler Flowers and Suzuki, the Braves continue to get excellent production from the catcher position. Suzuki has homered in back-to-back games and owns an .845 OPS on the year. May 20 - 12:27 AM

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Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 and drilled a three-run homer in an 8-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He put a ribbon on a six-run first inning by lifting a Joe Biagini offering over the wall with two runners aboard. He doubled and scored in the sixth. He also drew a walk in the ballgame. The veteran backstop is batting .231 with two homers and 11 RBI while serving as Tyler Flowers' backup behind the plate in Atlanta.
May 17 - 11:50 PM

Kurt Suzuki had a three-run homer and two walks Thursday to lead the Braves to a 7-5 win over the Mets.

Suzuki outproduced Tyler Flowers this spring, but it'd been a far different story in the regular season, with Flowers sporting an .839 OPS to date and Suzuki entering this one with a .160/.303/.160 line in 25 at-bats. Today was much better, but he's still going to play behind Flowers for the most part.
Apr 27 - 4:33 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

Suzuki's sacrifice fly RBI in the fourth inning gave the Braves a short-lived lead, and he also added a pair of singles in the contest. It was the first multi-hit game of the year for the backstop, whose offense has struggled in his first year with his new team. Through Thursday, Suzuki is batting .174/.300/.174 and has zero fantasy value.
Apr 20 - 11:11 PM

Kurt Suzuki has started three of the last four games at catcher for the Braves.

Tyler Flowers seemed to be in line to serve as the clear No. 1 catcher in Atlanta after a fine 2016 campaign that saw him put up a .270/.357/.420 batting line. However, it clearly hasn't happened and manager Brian Snitker said he plans to split the catching duties. "They are going to do a two-man job here," Snitker said. "There is plenty (of work) for both of those guys right now. Neither of them guys are 23 years old. They are guys who have been around for a while. I think we will get some good production by keeping them both fresh."
Apr 9 - 8:48 AM

Kurt Suzuki doubled three times in three at-bats Sunday in the Braves' 10-2 rout of the Yankees.

He's now 6-for-16 this spring. Suzuki settled for $1.5 million in January after entering free agency thinking he'd be in some demand as a starting catcher. He could make inroads in Atlanta, cutting into Tyler Flowers' playing time, but Flowers is the superior player, one with a particularly big advantage when it comes to framing.
Mar 12 - 4:42 PM

Braves signed C Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and is now official after Suzuki passed a physical. He can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. The veteran backstop will share the catching duties in Atlanta with Tyler Flowers. Suzuki batted .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 30 - 4:57 PM

Adding details to an earlier report, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves' agreement with Kurt Suzuki will be for one year and $1.5 million.

The deal also includes a potential $2.5 million in incentives. Suzuki is expected to serve in a platoon with Tyler Flowers behind the plate. The Braves now appear to be set behind the plate, which takes away one of the few potential landing spots that were remaining for Matt Wieters.
Jan 21 - 11:44 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice complement to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 21 - 11:19 AM

Kurt Suzuki returned to the Twins lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in a losing effort against the Mets.

The veteran backstop required five stitches to close a laceration on his chin on Wednesday. He's now hitting .268/.310/.419 with eight homers and 49 RBI in 332 at-bats on the season.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki required five stitches to close a chin laceration suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Suzuki was smacked in the face mask by a foul tip in the eighth inning. John Ryan Murphy replaced him behind the plate after he suffered the injury. He might need a few days off after this one, but it likely won't sideline him for too long.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:52:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a chin laceration.

The life of a major league catcher. Suzuki took a foul tip to the mask in the eighth inning and immediately headed into the dugout to patch up the subsequent laceration. He was replaced by John Ryan Murphy behind the plate. Suzuki should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:04:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers.

This means that Suzuki is now eligible to be traded to any team. The 37-year-old is batting .283/.323/.435 with six homers over 80 games this season and is owed about $1.54 million before becoming a free agent this winter. He could draw interest from contenders.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki has been placed on trade waivers.

The 48-hour waiver period expires Sunday afternoon. The Twins will be free to work out a trade with any interested club if Suzuki goes unclaimed. If a team does put in a claim for Suzuki, the Twins would then have 48 hours to complete a trade with the club that claimed him. Suzuki has hit a respectable .282 this year with six homers and 21 doubles. There's a real chance Saturday will be his last game in a Twins uniform.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 07:55:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Twins fell to the Braves in a slugfest on Wednesday night in Minnesota.

Suzuki's two-run blast came off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, pulling the Twins to within four runs at 7-3. He's enjoying a nice bounce-back season behind the plate for the Twins, hitting .292/.328/.447 with six long balls and 35 RBI.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Matt Adams
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Danny Santana
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
Relief Pitcher
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Daniel Winkler
7Chaz Roe
8Jason Motte
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Sam Freeman
12Luke Jackson
13Matt Wisler