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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
Suzuki slumped badly towards the end of June, but has started to pick things up again lately. The catcher has quietly been among the more productive catchers in the league, slashing .303/.361/.394 with two home runs and 34 RBI on the season. Jul 3 - 10:53 PM

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Kurt Suzuki reached base four times in the win over the Royals on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Suzuki scored one of the Twins' 10 runs on the evening in the fourth inning and drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run in the sixth. Suzuki is hitting a surprisingly useful .304/.362/.392 as the team's primary catcher this season.
Jul 1 - 11:45 PM

Kurt Suzuki had three hits against the White Sox on Friday.

Suzuki went 3-for-4, singling twice and tossing in a double for good measure. He knocked in his 32nd run on an infield single in the third. The free agent acquisition has put up a nice season for the Twins, batting .315/.376/.414.
Jun 20 - 11:42 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run Tuesday as the Twins beat the Padres 5-3.

Suzuki's eighth inning home run actually cleared the left field wall, replays showed. The ball bounced back into play and left fielder Seth Smith treated it as such, ignoring the sphere as Suzuki motored around the bases. Nobody appealed, so it went down in the books as an inside-the-parker, Minnesota's first since Joe Mauer in 2007. Suzuki has been a pleasant fantasy surprise, slashing .310/.374/.434 with two homers and 27 RBI.
May 21 - 1:22 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the winning run Thursday as the Twins beat the Red Sox 4-3 in extra innings.

It was practically a carbon copy of Tuesday's game for Suzuki, who had three hits and scored the walkoff winner both times. This time, it was Aaron Hicks who plated him, singling in front of Grady Sizemore in the 10th. Suzuki has his average back up to .325 following his fifth three-hit game of the season.
May 15 - 5:05 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Suzuki delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, and he scored the winning run on Chris Parmelee's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Suzuki now has 25 RBI to go with a .314/.390/.410 line. He's hit safely in seven of his last nine games.
May 14 - 12:51 AM

Kurt Suzuki's two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday provided all of the offense the Twins would need to edge out the Tigers 2-1.

The veteran backstop has had a resurgence hitting near the top of manager Ron Gardenhire's lineup on Minnesota, hitting .302/.381/.406 with 24 RBI on the young season. He certainly won't continue at this pace, but as long as he's seeing regular playing time, he's a strong option in two-catcher mixed leagues.
May 9 - 11:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with three RBI as the Twins beat the Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.

Suzuki drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning before delivering a two-run double in the seventh inning to ice the victory. The catcher has been a surprising offensive force when he's played this season, batting .325 with 22 RBI in 77 at-bats. Josmil Pinto is still the catcher of the future for the Twins, but Suzuki should continue to garner more playing time with his hot bat.
May 4 - 5:39 PM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

He'll take a seat after catching the first game. Josmil Pinto will start behind the plate while Joe Mauer serves as the DH. Meanwhile, Chris Colabello will play first base. Jason Kubel will also sit in the nightcap.

Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer and a two-run single Saturday against the Royals.

We all laughed when the Twins threatened to hit Suzuki second this year, but he has a .375 OBP so far. In fact, everyone the Twins had batting second through seventh today ended today with at least a .370 OBP. Suzuki, for what it's worth, has hit second just once and has batted seventh in 11 of his 13 starts. We wouldn't expect him to keep this up, but he's off to a nice start.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

Many scratched their heads when they saw Suzuki in the No. 2 spot for Opening Day -- and rightfully so -- but he did all the damage for the Minnesota offense. That's baseball for you. The 30-year-old might get the majority of the starts behind the plate in the early going, but Josmil Pinto is the future.
Mar 31 - 7:36 PM

Kurt Suzuki is batting second for the Twins in Monday's season-opener against the White Sox.

Suzuki had a .290 on-base percentage last season, so the lineup placement is a little odd. The full Minnesota batting order against White Sox ace Chris Sale: 2B Brian Dozier, C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Joe Mauer, LF Josh Willingham, DH Chris Colabello, 3B Trevor Plouffe, RF Oswaldo Arcia, CF Aaron Hicks, SS Pedro Florimon. Ricky Nolasco is on the mound.
Mar 31 - 12:04 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit second once again Tuesday and went 0-for-3 against the Orioles.

Manager Ron Gardenhire's Suzuki infatuation has turned scary, with Suzuki batting second every time he's played lately. It's not like Suzuki hit well last year or the year before or at any point this spring. But there's now a real threat that Suzuki will start the season in that spot, if only until someone knocks some sense into Gardenhire.
Mar 25 - 4:03 PM

Kurt Suzuki left Wednesday night's game against the Orioles after being hit by a pitch in the right foot.

Suzuki stayed in the game briefly but exited after the half inning. He was replaced by Josmil Pinto. It's probably not too serious -- players enter and exit spring games so freely it's not even clear that Suzuki would have stayed in the game regardless -- and more should be known about his availability after the game.
Mar 5 - 8:45 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan in effect named Kurt Suzuki his starting catcher on Friday.

"Not sure who's going to back him up," Ryan said of Suzuki. The GM indicated last month that he expected Suzuki to see the bulk of the starts behind the dish, and he's now provided more clarity. It's bad news for fantasy owners that wanted to see what Josmil Pinto could do with a full season of at-bats, as Pinto will now either be Suzuki's understudy or perhaps see more seasoning at Triple-A. Suzuki's appeal in fantasy leagues in minimal.
Jan 24 - 2:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
3Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2Chris Colabello
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Sam Fuld
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kevin Correia
4Kyle Gibson
5Yohan Pino
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Matt Guerrier
8Samuel Deduno