2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Kurt Suzuki
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Kurt Suzuki to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Washington Nationals catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
Targeting a catcher who will not harpoon a team’s batting average with some power upside makes sense. Last year, Kurt Suzuki fit the bill well hitting 17 home runs with 63 RBI over 85 games and 309 plate appearances. His palatable .264/.324/.486 slash line also benefited his owners with the only weakness being his 37 runs scored. Still, it’s nitpicking one category compared to his otherwise solid production across the board.
Along with being a year older, Suzuki could repeat most of his numbers from last year so building run insulation in a team portfolio allows owners to take him later in drafts. Suzuki notched a 6.5 walk percentage with an 11.7 strikeout rate and a .221 isolated power. His home run per fly ball percentage of 16 aligned with his 2017 number making 2018 seem like the outlier when looking at his recent production. There’s just not room for upside when taking Suzuki, he’s capable of a near repeat, but he’s not a ceiling play. Rather, Suzuki represents a safe...