Seiya Suzuki Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 11" / 182 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/18/1994 (28)
Seiya Suzuki Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Seiya Suzuki News
Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Suzuki returned from the restricted list on Tuesday but hasn't played since. The 28-year-old Japanese outfielder has held his own in his first big-league season in the States, slashing .263/.336/.433 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI, 48 runs scored and nine stolen bases in his 372 at-bats. With Suzuki on the bench again Wednesday, Patrick Wisdom is starting in right field and is hitting sixth against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. Wisdom is hitting just over the Mendoza Line in his 446 at-bats for the Cubs in 2022, but he also has 25 home runs and 65 RBI, making him a boom/bust DFS option.
The Chicago Cubs reinstated catcher Willson Contreras (ankle) from the injured list on Tuesday and also reinstated outfielder Seiya Suzuki from the paternity list. In corresponding moves, the Cubs optioned Jared Young to the minors and designated outfielder Michael Hermosillo for assignment. Contreras is serving as the designated hitter and is batting third against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler on Tuesday, while Suzuki isn't in the starting lineup. Contreras might be eased back into his role as the regular catcher, but the 30-year-old should be returned to starting fantasy lineups on Tuesday. He has 21 home runs and 54 RBI on the year in 395 at-bats for the Cubbies. Suzuki should eventually return to an everyday role in the outfield down the stretch.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki, who is on the paternity list, isn't expected back for the team's four-game weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates since his wife has not yet delivered their baby. Suzuki initially went on the paternity list last Saturday and was then moved to the restricted list on Thursday. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect to have him available until some point early next week. Michael Hermosillo should continue to benefit from extra playing time in the outfield with Suzuki out. He's back in center field and is hitting eighth on Thursday against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller. Hermosillo is still searching for his first home run of the season. He has just five hits in 51 at-bats with three RBI and 23 strikeouts. DFS gamers should look elsewhere.
Seiya Suzuki entered the 2022 season as an unknown and immediately raised expectations with a sterling April (.279/.405/.529 with four homers), but his final line of .262/.336/.433 with 14 HR in 446 PAs was something of a disappointment. His plate discipline wasn't great with a 24.7 K% and 9.4 BB%, but the underlying 25.6% chase rate and 8 SwStr% suggest better things to come. Suzuki also did a good job elevating the baseball with a 40 FB%, but his 92.5 mph average airborne exit velocity was only league average. Again, others metrics such as his 11% rate of Brls/BBE and 111.3 mph max exit velocity suggest more pop in his bat. Perhaps his persistent finger injury prevented him from tapping into his power? Suzuki currently projects to hit second in the Cubs lineup, but Chicago's lineup could change considerably before Opening Day. Suzuki is a good athlete with a 28.3 ft./sec Statcast Sprint speed, but going 9-for-14 on the bases last season (64% success rate) will probably earn him a red light. Suzuki offers plenty of upside at his ADP of 125.47, but his .247 xBA and inability to translate his peripherals into fantasy production present plenty of risks as well.