After news broke on Monday morning that superstar prospect Julio Rodriguez would be making the Seattle Mariners Opening Day roster, the DH role in Seattle will now belong almost exclusively to an outfielder.
New acquisition Eugenio Suarez had previously been considered a candidate to see time as the Mariners’ DH, especially with Abraham Toro playing very well in Spring Training, but now it appears there will be a competition between the two for the everyday job at third base.
Toro has been a dominant force in the Mariners’ lineup this spring, slashing .387/.441/.893 with five runs scored, while seeing time at third base, second base, first base, and left field. Suarez, meanwhile, has struggled to a .115/.258/.527 line through 31 plate appearances, and is coming off a season where he posted a putrid .198 batting average with the Reds.
The advantage that Suarez brings to the lineup is his slugging ability, as he was able to knock 31 home runs last season, and is only three years removed from a 49 home run season in 2019. Toro doesn’t have that kind of power, but if he hits enough doubles, his OPS will most likely end up even higher than Suarez’s this season.
Most of the media is projecting Suarez to start at third base for the Mariners on Opening Day, with Toro penciled in as a super utility player. However, I believe Toro is making a strong case to take that spot from Suarez sooner than later.
What do you think, Mariners Nation? Will Suarez bounce back and post 2019-level numbers? Or has Toro’s torrid spring been enough to earn him a starting spot?