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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher | #24

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 enjoyed a big night Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored against the Mets.
Suzuki launched a two-run shot off Mets starter Matt Harvey in the first inning, his third of the year, and he added an RBI double in the eighth for good measure. His average jumped from .270 to .317 with the good evening, and he now sports a 1.030 OPS through 14 games. With Tyler Flowers still sidelined for at least the next few days, Suzuki will continue to get regular at-bats in a productive Braves lineup. Apr 19 - 11:48 PM

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Kurt Suzuki teed off on Wednesday, leaving the yard twice in the Braves’ 5-3 win over Washington.

Suzuki staked Atlanta to a 2-1 lead with his solo blast in the fourth before putting the Braves back ahead with another solo shot in the 11th. He also reached on a single in the ninth inning. Suzuki’s three hits on Wednesday were as many as he had in his previous seven contests combined. He’ll continue to see regular at-bats while Tyler Flowers works back from a strained oblique, though Suzuki can probably be left on the wire outside of two-catcher and NL-only leagues.
Apr 11 - 6:09 PM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) is back in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Suzuki has been unavailable for the last week after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. He's catching Brandon McCarthy and batting fifth on Friday against German Marquez and the Rockies.
Apr 6 - 11:18 AM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) remains out of the Braves' lineup on Wednesday against the Nationals.

It sounds like the Braves are aiming to get Suzuki back in there Friday. He suffered a bruised hand last week when he got hit by a pitch. Carlos Perez will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday versus Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer.
Apr 4 - 9:53 AM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) said he should be available for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals.

Suzuki was drilled in the right hand by a pitch last Friday, but X-rays came up negative and he's made good progress over the last 48 hours. The veteran projects to serve as the Braves' primary catcher for however long Tyler Flowers (oblique) is sidelined.
Apr 3 - 4:06 PM

X-rays on Kurt Suzuki's hand came back negative.

The hope is that Suzuki will be able to avoid the DL and come back to the lineup by Tuesday. The Braves already have one backstop on the disabled list with Tyler Flowers on the shelf with an oblique injury, so Chris Stewart will likely be the starter barring another move by the Braves.
Mar 31 - 4:06 PM

Kurt Suzuki will be re-evaluated on Saturday before the club makes a determination on whether or not he'll require a trip to the disabled list.

Suzuki was hit by a pitch on his right hand during Friday's game. Manager Brian Snitker said afterwards that his hand was pretty bruised up, but that the club is hopeful he'll be able to avoid the disabled list. Either way, expect him to be out for at least a few days with Chris Stewart handling the catching duty.
Mar 31 - 1:46 AM

Kurt Suzuki was forced to leave Friday's game against the Phillies after being drilled by a pitch on his right hand.

Suzuki was able to stay in the game for two additional innings after getting hit, before getting replaced by Chris Stewart. With Tyler Flowers placed on the disabled list on Friday, the Braves are already struggling for depth behind the plate just two games into the regular season. Suzuki will presumably head for X-rays to see if there's a fracture.
Mar 30 - 10:19 PM

Kurt Suzuki is starting behind the plate and hitting fifth against the Phillies on Friday.

Suzuki will be the starting catcher for the next few weeks or so while Tyler Flowers is on the disabled list with an oblique strain. The only fantasy value he'll offer is in two catcher leagues, or perhaps as a cheap streaming option against lefties. The Atlanta lineup against Nick Pavetta goes: Ender Inciarte CF, Ozzie Albies 2B, Freddie Freeman 1B, Nick Markakis RF, Suzuki C, Preston Tucker LF, Dansby Swanson SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, and Mike Foltynewicz on the mound.
Mar 30 - 3:20 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in his spring debut Monday against the Nationals.

The Braves recently gave Chris Stewart a major league deal, but they're planning to go with Tyler Flowers and Suzuki as their two catchers again. Both were great last season, with Suzuki even outproducing the surprising Flowers, but Suzuki is expected to remain the backup.
Feb 26 - 4:21 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit his 19th homer of the year as the Braves beat the Marlins 8-5 in Sunday's season finale.

It was a two-run shot in the top of the third inning off Marlins starter Jose Urena. Suzuki has enjoyed a career year at age 33 and scored a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension from the Braves late last month. He'll finish with an .887 OPS.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:49:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Braves' loss to the Mets on Monday night.

Suzuki is now 4-for-8 since signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension with Atlanta on Saturday. The 33-year-old catcher boasts a career-best .875 OPS with 18 home runs in 78 games this season and he batted cleanup for the Braves on Monday.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 11:00:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension with Kurt Suzuki.

Mark Bowman of had first reported that the two sides were close on an agreement. The 33-year-old backstop has had one of the finest seasons of his career this year, slashing .271/.343/.525 with a career-best 18 homers and 47 RBI in just 287 plate appearances. He had made it clear to the club that he wanted to return in the same capacity and talks had been ongoing for weeks before it got ironed out. Suzuki earned $1.5 million on a one-year pact this season.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki homered twice and knocked in three runs in Friday’s win over the Phillies.

Suzuki slugged a two-run homer off Ben Lively in the first inning before taking Yacksel Rios deep for a solo shot in the seventh. One of the biggest surprises at the catcher position, the 33-year-old is now up to 18 homers with an .868 OPS. He’s hit 14 homers since the start of July.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:11:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki ripped a walk-off single in the ninth inning to give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

Suzuki, who already had one hit in the game, laced a Brad Ziegler offering just inside the third base bag to bring in Freddie Freeman from second base and send the home crowd home happy. It was a nice moment for the 33-year-old, who is batting .258/.335/.502 in 68 games this year.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 12:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
3Carlos Perez
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Preston Tucker
2Peter Bourjos
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Foltynewicz
3Brandon McCarthy
4Sean Newcomb
5Luiz Gohara
6Anibal Sanchez
7Matt Wisler
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jose Ramirez
3A.J. Minter
4Dan Winkler
5Sam Freeman
6Peter Moylan
7Shane Carle
8Josh Ravin
9Jesse Biddle
10Grant Dayton
11Jacob Lindgren