Kurt Suzuki Gives Minnesota Twins Early, Surprising Productivity

By Taylor Henrichs
Kurt Suzuki
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While it looked like the Minnesota Twins were well on their way to their first win of 2014 on Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox had other plans. The Sox spoiled Glen Perkins’ first save opportunity of the season, sent the game to extra frames, and eventually walked-off on Minnesota, courtesy of a Samuel Deduno wild pitch.

Twins starter Kevin Correia got off to a slow start, but finished strong, allowing only two earned runs through six innings, and striking out five. Correia seemed to be finding his rhythm around the time of his exit, but a long replay review delay kept him from continuing his performance, even with only 82 pitches under his belt.

Trevor Plouffe had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, and newcomer Kurt Suzuki continued to impress, driving in one while going 3-for-6. Minnesota’s main lineup cogs continue to disappoint, but Suzuki is proving to be a great early addition to the Twins’ revamped roster.

Suzuki was signed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal this offseason, and won a starting job over top prospect Josmil Pinto. A career .253 hitter, Suzuki was expected to strictly be a clubhouse leader and defensive specialist in 2014, but currently finds himself as the best hitter in Minnesota’s lineup, albeit two games into the season. While Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham have started the season a combined 1-for-25, Suzuki is 5-for-10, and has driven in four of the team’s nine runs.

The Twins need productivity from the top hitters in their lineup, but if Suzuki can continue to pick up the slack and carry his efforts into the long-term, it could pay big dividends for Minnesota in 2014.

Taylor Henrichs is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @taylor_henrichs, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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