Sorry for the mix-up on Mejia yesterday…
Andrew Susac | C, 23 yo, 6-2, 210, BR, TR | 2011 Draft – 2 | (AA) 84 G, 310 PA, .256/.362/.458, .820 OPS, 12 HR, 1 SB, 42 BB, 68 K | (AFL) 17 G, 50 AB, .360/.507/.480, .987 OPS, 2 HR, 16 BB, 11 K
Susac might have grown on me more in the past two months than any other prospect in the organization. He cemented his status as a top player in the Giants system with his strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. A 1st round talent who fell in the 2011 draft because of injuries at Oregon State, he’s starting to perform like a guy who has big league dreams in his future. He’s an offensive-oriented catcher who’s no slouch behind the dish either, although even he admits that he needs to concentrate on his defense a little more. Those types of players don’t come around all the time… just ask Buster Posey.
Speaking of Posey, Susac may have to be open to playing different positions if he wants a spot with the Giants down the road, as the front office seems committed to keeping Buster behind the dish for the long term. While Susac’s bat certainly isn’t Posey’s, I think a .260 average with 20-homer power and solid on-base skills is very possible for the athletic catcher. He’ll have to improve his durability if he wants to make it, as he has missed significant time to injuries over the past few seasons, even going back to his collegiate days. At worst, I can a see major league backup role with some pop off the bench in Susac’s future, but a starting gig is still very much in play at this point. If he’s healthy in 2014, he could have a big breakout season at the plate for Fresno.
They said it: “Has shown both offensive and defensive tools. Powerful and accurate arm behind plate and enough pop to hit home runs and hit for average. Solid catching tools.” ~ Bernie Pleskoff, MLB.com