2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Eugenio Suarez
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season, whenever that may be.
A freak accident in a swimming pool caused the price of the hitter with the second most home runs in 2019 to fall in early drafts. However, a delayed start to the season allows Eugenio Suárez not only to rehab his shoulder, but provide potential profit to savvy owners. Only Mike Trout (84) blasted more home runs than Suarez (83) over the last two years. In 2019, Suarez ranked third in home runs per at-bat (11.7) and sixth in total bases (329), but he led the majors in strikeouts (189).
Across 159 games, Suarez hit 49 home runs with 87 runs, 103 RBI, three stolen bases and a .271/.358/.572 slash line. His walk rate held steady at 10.6 percent but his strikeout percentage rose to a career worst 28.5 percent while his isolated power (.301) spiked to a career high. Suarez paid a price in his plate discipline metrics recording a career high swinging strike percentage (11.9), with career lows in both contact rate (73.1 percent) and Z-Contact (in the strike zone) of 84.6 percent. It...