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8 Kurt Suzuki C

Minnesota Twins

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
18%14%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
541.2781450
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014MIN16545151149600.375.389.278

Player Updates

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Kurt Suzuki slugs first longball as a DH
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki moved out from behind the plate Saturday, appearing in his first game as a designated hitter in a 5-4 loss to the Royals.

Suzuki went 2 for 4 in the game and used the extra rest to hit his first home run of the season. He drove in three runs total, adding a two-run single in the fifth to his fourth-inning solo shot.

Suzuki is now hitting .277/.375/.383 in 14 games played, and now ranks second on the team with 12 RBI.

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Kurt Suzuki providing some offense for Twins
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is known more for being a strong defensive catcher, but he has delivered some early returns on offense in his first year with Minnesota.

Suzuki is batting .318 (7 for 22) with a .444 on-base percentage and .808 OPS through six games. He has only one double and no home runs, but Suzuki has driven in six runs. He also has more walks (five) than strikeouts (two).

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Twins giving Kurt Suzuki tryout as No. 2 hitter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire chose to bat catcher Kurt Suzuki second in Monday's season opener against the White Sox, despite Suzuki having just a career .309 on-base percentage.

"We settled on Suzuki batting second because he's a great contact guy," Gardenhire said, per MLB.com. "And with [Chris Sale] pitching, you have to put the ball in play."

Gardenhire explained his decision to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony as he could use Suzuki in hit-and-run situations to help manufacture runs. Antony added, however, Suzuki isn't locked in to batting second all year.

"He takes good at-bats," Antony said. "He can hit and run. (Brian) Dozier is not a prototypical leadoff guy in that he's not a 50-stolen base guy. So there are some things we might do hit-and-run-wise. So we're going to try to manufacture runs. So at least on opening day, Gardy wants to see what [Suzuki] can do in the two-hole."

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Twins manager mulling leadoff options
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday he might bat Brian Dozier or Kurt Suzuki in the leadoff spot, if center fielders Darin Mastroianni or Aaron Hicks don't settle into the role, per the Pioneer Press.

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Kurt Suzuki 'not trying to be' Joe Mauer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Although he was essentially signed to replace Joe Mauer behind the plate, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he won't try to measure up to the former AL MVP.

"I'm not trying to be Joe," Suzuki said, per FOX Sports North. "I feel like I've got a lot to offer still in this game. I still feel on top of my game. Obviously the last couple years haven't gone the way I wanted to, but the way my body feels, I'm in a good spot mentally right now. I'm looking forward to this season."

The Twins didn't sign Suzuki, who is a career .253 hitter, for his bat. He was signed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract this offseason because of his leadership and defensive abilities.

"We talked to Oakland when we were out there and they had nothing but the best things in the world to say about Suzuki as far as a leader, a catcher, calling the ball game, very intelligent, helping everybody out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He brings a lot to the table."

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Catchers 7 18 61.39
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Tampa Bay300 .000 .000 .000
vs RHP3180 .385 .323 .258
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
4/15TOR3000010
4/17TOR2010110
4/17TOR0000010
4/18@KC4010000
4/19@KC4121300
4/20@KC4020210
4/22@TB3000000
Two Week Schedule
APRIL /MAY
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
20
@KC
W8-3
21
22
@TB
L3-7
23
@TB
W6-4
24
@TB
W9-7
25
Det
8:10 pm
Tickets
26
Det
2:10 pm
Tickets
27
Det
2:10 pm
Tickets
28
29
LAD
8:10 pm
Tickets
30
LAD
8:10 pm
Tickets
1
LAD
1:10 pm
Tickets
2
Balt
8:10 pm
Tickets
3
Balt
2:10 pm
Tickets
Fantasy Points by Week
15

12

20

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2007OAK682132753739243900 .327 .408 .249
2008OAK14853054148742446923 .346 .370 .279
2009OAK147570741561588285982 .313 .421 .274
2010OAK131495551201371334932 .303 .366 .242
2011OAK134460541091444386422 .301 .385 .237
2012OAK-WAS1184083696643207320 .276 .328 .235
2013WAS-OAK942852566532223520 .290 .337 .232
2014MIN16545151149600 .375 .389 .278
Total 856301533076368373218394199 .311 .375 .253
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2007OAKC66614654313220 .996
2008OAKC1411369869275364 .994
2009OAKC1351329969236857 .995
2010OAKC1231218688253585 .991
2011OAKC1291279769145577 .993
2012OAK-WASC1171138818156157 .994
2013WAS-OAKC93826626213565 .991
2014MINC14149895210 .990
Total  818786593255513414035 .993
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2007OAK1308753304
2008OAK2511961211220
2009OAK371240718014
2010OAK1821814012322
2011OAK260177737114
2012OAK-WAS20013454535
2013WAS-OAK1319642362
2014MIN302111003
Total 155511323416491584
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012WAS51704022400 .316 .235 .235
Total 51704022400 .316 .235 .235
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2004 A-Vancouver461752752103331182601 .394 .440 .297
2005 A-Stockton114441851222651265636153 .378 .440 .277
2006 AA-Midland9937664107261755585053 .392 .415 .285
2007AAA-Sacramento55211325990327214100 .351 .365 .280
2010AAA-Sacramento River Cat384320152100 .5001.000 .375
Total 317121121234373926183162179107 .378 .423 .283
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/205
Birthdate:
10/4/1983
Age:
30
Hometown:
Wailuku, HI
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Minnesota Twins
College:
Cal State-Fullerton
MLB Experience:
8

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