The Braves had enough other problems to address last offseason that carrying on with the adequacy of Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki was the simplest thing to do, and that’s exactly what they did, with mostly similar results. Catcher and Right Field are now the only offensive positions where the incumbent starters are over age 30.
Suzuki got 388 at-bats and put together another solid season at the plate, posting a .271/.332/.444 line with 12 home runs. Baseball Reference credits him with 2.1 WAR, and at age 34, he has now exceeded his career averages of .258/.315/.387 in both of his Atlanta seasons. Kurt threw out 12 of 62 potential base stealers (19%,) relative to the league average of 28%.
The 32 year old Flowers posted a .227/.341/.359 line in 92 fewer at-bats, the lower at-bat total partly due to missing most of April with an oblique injury. These numbers are more in line with his career numbers of .239/.319/.390 than his first 2 seasons in Atlanta, which were easily his career best offensively. Flowers threw out 13 of 57 base stealers, or 23%, and his WAR was calculated as 0.6. In August, Flowers was given a 1 year extension for 2019, with a club option for 2020.