2. Suzuki immediately slots into the middle of the order
Suzuki could easily be the Guardians’ cleanup hitter on day one. And though he has prodigious power numbers, Suzuki fits the type of player Cleveland is trying to fill their lineup with: he makes great contact, limits the strikeouts and gets on base a ton. The 30+ home runs a year is the icing on the cake, especially when he’d be hitting behind another 30-homer threat in third baseman Jose Ramirez.
It’s been said that NPB talent falls somewhere between Triple-A and the majors, and while that doesn’t always translate to a player’s MLB success, it puts Suzuki in a good position to contribute right away. He’s just too talented, grades too well, and has too good an eye at the plate.