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Suzuki Ready For The Next Big Step

Suzuki batted .421 in big league camp this spring.

Kurt Suzuki may be a laid-back guy off of the field, but he plays baseball with intensity. The Cal-State Fullerton alum has been on the fast-track to the big leagues since he was drafted in 2004. We spoke to the Hawaiian native in Sacramento on Tuesday, two days before the start of his season at Triple-A Sacramento.

Kurt Suzuki was a late addition to the non-roster invitee list to major league spring training camp in 2005, filling in for the injured Landon Powell. Suzuki took advantage of the opportunity to impress the major league staff, as he hit .417 in 13 games that spring. The right-handed hitter followed that spring performance with a good season offensively in High-A Stockton, batting .277 with 1...

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