Sucre, 26, spent a short time in Seattle last season from May 24th to June 4th. In 26 at-bats he had a .192 average with 3 RBI. He injured his hand on June 4th and didn’t play again at the Major League level.
Sucre is considered a very good defensive catcher, having thrown out 21 of the 41 attempting base stealers this season. Since starting in the Braves farm system in 2006, Sucre has thrown out 43% of base stealers in his Minor League career.
Offensively this season in Triple-A Sucre has hit .274/.293/.360 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI 48 games.
Sucre will provide a more reliable defensive backup for catcher Mike Zunino, who has played in 71 of the teams 89 games this season. And if the M’s plan on playing meaningful games in September, they need to keep Zunino’s legs fresh throughout the heat of the summer.
Zunino is in the lineup tonight, batting 8th. But expect Sucre to make an appearance in either game 3 or 4 of this 4-game set with the Twins.
Welcome back to Seattle, Jesus Sucre!