A Centerfield Option the Astros Should Explore

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Houston Astros, Seiya Suzuki
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The Astros could figure out how to insert a four-time Gold Glove recipient into the outfield.

Seiya Suzuki has primarily played in right field for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp due to the absolute cannon of an arm he possesses. He has experience in centerfield, left field, shortstop and first base though.

That along with his four NPB Gold Gloves, he has shown adequate speed and a defensive prowess that puts him amongst the Nippon Professional Baseball leaders in Defensive Runs Saved and UZR.

The Astros could easily figure out how to get a player like that into the defensive lineup. He could straight up play centerfield. As Coleman discussed in his aforementioned centerfield options article, the team could move Kyle Tucker over, who has shown, albeit small sample, an ability to play centerfield.

Offensively, it would be a no-brainer to slot Suzuki third in the batting order behind Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley. In addition to the above mentioned offensive production, Suzuki has hit over 25 home runs for six consecutive season, eclipsing 30 home runs in three of those seasons.

He is the prototypical Astros batter: aggressive, but smart contact, draws walks and doesn’t strike out all too often.