2023 Player Outlook
There was a lot of hype for Suzuki heading into the 2022 season, and while the overall stat line wasn’t maybe as prolific as one would have hoped, he was still pretty darn good, seeing as he hit .262 with a 116 wRC+, 14 home runs, and nine stolen bases. Prior to hitting the injured list due to a finger injury, he was hitting just .245 with four home runs and a .187 ISO through his first 163 plate appearances, but it was a different story upon returning to action. Over his final 283 plate appearances, Suzuki hit .271 with a .163 ISO and he cut his strikeout rate by nearly 10 percent! Over the final 19 games of the year, he posted a .847 ISO and 139 wRC+. There’s a lot to like about Suzuki in his second year in the MLB, not to mention a completely revamped Chicago lineup. Despite a likely stint on the injured list to begin the season due to an oblique issue, Suzuki is an intriguing option to join the 20/10 club this season, and the injury may actually provide fantasy managers with a buying opportunity.