Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #6

#6. Andrew Susac – C, 23 yo, AA: Susac is a NorCal kid who graduated from Jesuit High before playing two years at Oregon State. The Giants took him with a second round pick in 2011, and after trading away fellow catching prospect Tommy Joseph in the Pence deal last year, Susac is now the top option for replacing Posey behind the dish if/when the Giants change Buster’s position some day.

Susac began his professional career at Hi-A last season, where he certainly had an up-and-down performance while learning the craft of pro catcher (which is not an easy one). He hit .244 with 9 hr in 102 games – certainly not incredible numbers for a highly-touted prospect. But the Giants showed faith in the kid by promoting him to AA this year, and he’s proven them right so far. Through 70 games, he’s hit .265 with 11 hr, 16 2b and a .373 OBP, and was named to the Eastern League’s mid-season All-Star team. His OPS has improved from .731 in San Jose to .862 this year in Richmond – which is opposite of what happens to most hitters in the Giants’ organization. He’d been on the DL since July 1 with a finger injury, but went 1-4 with a 2b and an rbi tonight.

Susac’s performance at the plate this year is great news for the Giants’ front office, as it was thought that he may repeat Hi-A before the season. Obviously he’s not Buster, but he still profiles as an everyday catcher with a strong arm behind the dish and the ability to hit for above average power (there aren’t a lot of those to go around the majors these days). He has shown that he can take a walk, and if he can stay healthy for the rest of the year, he could land in Fresno by Opening Day next season.

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