The Oakland A's called-up the top catching prospect Kurt Suzuki to take over the back-up duties to Jason Kendall. Given Kendall has been awful so far and is a free agent at the end of this season, Suzuki carries more interest than the typical back-up receiver. On the strength of good plate discipline (~60 BBs) and good contact rates (~86%), he became a prospect to watch. When Kendall's contract situation is considered, Suzuki becomes a player that is likely to be given the opportunity to provide inexpensive ABs at catcher.
His drop-off in AAA is a concern. Across the board, everything has worsened while in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this season. Fortunately, the weakness in AL catching makes Suzuki a quality #2.