Eugenio Suarez made the move from shortstop to third base after Todd Frazier was dealt to the White Sox. He struggled to adjust in the field for much of the year, committing the second-most errors among all players in 2016 -- only Jonathan Villar had more. The 25-year-old Suarez continued to provide decent power numbers for a shortstop-eligible player, but he is slated to be eligible only a third baseman in 2017 and that limits his mixed-league appeal. His inability to make consistent contact is problematic; Suarez struck out in an alarming 24.7 percent of his plate appearances. Right now he's the starter at third for Cincinnati and he probably won't face much competition in 2017, as the Reds are in rebuilding mode, but Suarez could be replaced by top prospect Nick Senzel in 2018.
Suarez went 3-for-5 with two solo homers in the a 12-8 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. Suarez blasted his fourth and fifth homers of the campaign, but it wasn't enough to lift his team to a victory. In addition to his fast start with his power stroke, he's also hitting .367, and it's entirely possible that the 25-year-old is ready to reward fantasy owners with a breakout season.
Suarez (neck) will start at third base and bat fifth in the order Wednesday against the Orioles. Suarez was held out of Tuesday's victory after experiencing neck stiffness leading into the game, but his return to the lineup a day later suggests his absence was mostly precautionary in nature. The one-game hiatus shouldn't derail what has been a stellar first two and a half weeks of the season for Suarez, who owns a .440 on-base percentage and has already pumped out eight extra-base hits and 10 RBI.
Suarez was scratched from Tuesday's matchup with the Orioles due to a stiff neck, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. It's unclear when the injury cropped up or how severe it is, but more details should come following the contest. Consider Suarez day-to-day for the time being. In the meantime, Scooter Gennett will take his place at the hot corner.
Suarez went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Pirates. He's racked up five three-hit games already, pushing Suarez's average to a surprising .429 in the early going. Crucially, he has a 5:4 BB:K, which is quite a good sign after last year's 51:155 mark. If Suarez can improve his plate discipline, his combination of solid pop and moderate speed should equate to solid fantasy value.
Suarez went 1-for-2 with a homer, three walks and a steal in Monday's win over the Pirates. One of the walks came with the bases loaded in the Reds' three-run first inning. The homer gave the Reds home runs in each of their first seven games to begin the season. Suarez is off to a good start, hitting .350/.500/.750 in the early going.
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