Sucre went 3-for-4 with a run in a win over the Twins on Sunday. Sucre's playing time opportunities are typically sparse as Wilson Ramos' backup, yet he's been able to churn out three multi-hit outings already this season. The 29-year-old is valued first and foremost for his work behind the dish, but he's been able to make solid contributions with the bat thus far over a small sample, going 8-for-24 with two RBI, a walk and two runs.
Sucre went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base during a 10-4 loss to the Phillies on Sunday. The reserve backstop had gone hitless in his prior two starts, but he bounced back Sunday with his second two-hit day of the season. As was the case last season, Sucre figures to see only sporadic playing time as long as starter Wilson Ramos remains healthy.
Sucre is hitting .278 (5-for-18) with a home run, two RBI, a walk and a run in eight spring training games. The solid line at the plate combined with Sucre's typically strong work behind the dish leaves him well-positioned for a second consecutive season as the veteran backup to Wilson Ramos. Sucre displayed a penchant for making good use of his sporadic playing time opportunities in his first Rays campaign last season, finishing with career highs in extra-base hits (13), homers (seven) and RBI (35) over 192 plate appearances. However, with Ramos at full health to open the new season, Sucre is likely in for at least a slight drop in playing time in 2018.
Sucre made it to the Rays' spring training after missing the first three days due to visa issues, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Although the 29-year-old was expected to arrive in camp Friday, it's a positive sign that there were no additional problems with his situation. In 2017, Sucre hit .256/.289/.409 with seven home runs and 29 RBI while serving in a reserve role for most of the year. He will be utilized in a similar capacity this season, with Wilson Ramos earning a majority of the starts.
Sucre went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Orioles. Sucre has made good use of his sporadic playing time recently, as he has a trio of two-hit efforts in September. Sunday's homer was also his third in eight starts this month, leading to a .292 average and .667 slugging percentage in 24 plate appearances over that span.