SF Giants Prospect Profile: C Andrew Susac

Andrew Susac: The next Buster Posey?

Andrew Susac is a part of the Giants organization's embarrassment of riches at the catcher position. He has shown consistent improvement throughout his college career, and looks to continue that improvement as a professional.

Position: Catcher
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Born: 3/22/1990
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Background

Originally drafted by the Phillies in the 16th round of the 2009 draft, Susac opted to maintain his commitment to Oregon State. He played two years of college ball, and was eligible for the draft after his sophomore season in 2011 by virtue of being 21 years old at the time of the draft. The Giants took advantage of this, taking him in the second round (86th overall).

A wrist injury at the end of his sophomore season, as well as perceived signability issues -- he didn't end up signing until the Aug. 15 deadline -- were perhaps the only things that kept him out of the first round.

Scouting report

Sample sizes for Susac in his college career have been small. He never accumulated more than 100 at-bats in either of his two seasons at Oregon State. But in that limited time, he demonstrated advanced plate discipline. Susac walked 25 times in 123 plate appearances in 2011, striking out 25 times. During the 2011 season, he hit .367 and posted a .504 on-base percent.

While the average isn't there yet, Susac is still taking walks. In his first season of professional baseball at high-A San Jose, Susac has struck out 31 times in 95 at-bats so far. Still, he has walked 20 times in that span, posting a .242 batting average but a .390 on-base percentage.

Future outlook

While 22 years old, Susac is still incredibly green in terms of experience, due to the small number of at-bats he received during his two-year college career.

He has been labeled as strikeout prone, something that he is proving to be true this season. However, he has good power and solid plate discipline, and is thought of as an improving defensive catcher.

Susac reminds us of current Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana, a player with strong power potential and a great eye at the plate. Like Santana, Susac is prone to a low batting average, plenty of strikeouts and prolonged slumps. Still, the upside is definitely there.

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