2022 Player Outlook
Same story, different year for Suarez, for the most part. When he made contact, he got all of it, posting a 15 percent barrel rate last season and an 83rd percentile max exit velocity. However, the strikeouts remain an issue, as he posted a strikeout rate north of 28 percent for the third straight year, resulting in last year's career-worst 29.8 percent. He's seeing fewer fastballs and more breaking pitches and offspeed stuff. Last year, Suarez hit .183 and .196 against breaking pitches and offspeed stuff respectively, and the worst part is, he actually overperformed there (.173 xBA vs. breaking pitches and .142 xBA vs. offspeed stuff). Suarez hit below the Mendoza line last year (.198) and just .202 back in 2020. The allure with Suarez back in 2018 and 2019 was big-time power with a quality average. The elevated strikeout rate and increased swing-and-miss in his game have pushed him into the one-trick pony tier of third baseman. After his trade to Seattle, he now doesn't have the luxury of a great hitter's park to benefit from, too. Seattle's stadium isn't horrible by any means, but it's no Great American Small Park.