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Here’s a Thought: Is Kurt Suzuki Really Much Better Than Landon Powell?

Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki gets a lot of love from A's fans, and I certainly appreciate his playing.

Suzuki is a competent hitter who rarely strikes out, and he's an excellent defensive catcher, blocking seemingly every ball an A's pitcher throws in the dirt—all while doing a good job controlling the running game.

However, I'm going to take a very unpopular stance here and say that backup Landon Powell should see a good amount of playing time at Suzuki's expense.


Let's compare the two players.

Suzuki is hitting .283/.319/.419; Powell .253/.327/.402. While Suzuki rarely walks (4.3 BB percent) or strikes out (8.7 percent), Powell will often do either (10.3 BB percent; 24.1 K percent). 

This means that Suzuki has better contact ski...

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