2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Eugenio Suarez
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at the Reds third baseman and tells fantasy baseball owners what they should expect during the 2019 MLB season.
In a season during which Joey Votto disappointed, a power breakout by Eugenio Suárez cushioned the blow in the Reds lineup. Despite breaking his thumb on April eighth, Suarez crushed 34 home runs in only 143 games. He also scored 79 runs with 104 RBI, one stolen base and a .283/.366/.526 slash line. Suarez finished the season as one of only seven players with at least a .283 average, 30-plus home runs and more than 100 RBI joining J.D. Martínez , Christian Yelich , Manny Machado , Nolan Arenado , Trevor Story and Javier Báez .
Yet, he continues to be underrated in the fantasy community. Although his home run total garners the most attention from last season, Suarez almost replicated his batted ball data from 2017 except for surges in home run per fly ball percentage (up almost six percent) and in hard hit rate where he improved by almost 15 percent. This fueled his home run growth. Here’s a visual of his power indicators, home runs per fly ball percentage, hard hit rate and...