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Kurt Suzuki: A Young Catcher on the Rise, but Now Declining Very Quickly

Published by on April 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The Oakland Athletics have a young catcher by the name of Kurt Suzuki who is coming into this second full season as a starting catcher in the major leagues. He had the experience to take the starting job away from Jason Kendall in 2007 and played in 68 games.

Part of that 2007 season was spent learning from Kendall—meaning that Suzuki had a chance to learn the techniques that would make him a solid catcher in the big leagues. On the plus side, the A's were looking for a catcher who could also give them something more offensively.

The only thing that Suzuki can say that he's done better than Kendall is hit a little bit more for power and a better batting average. Since he's taken over, Suzuki has hit .274 with ...

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