Incoming Freshman Andrew Susac Named Top Prospect In West Coast League

Sept. 1, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Incoming freshman catcher Andrew Susac has been named the West Coast League's top prospect by the publication Baseball America.

The publication summarized summer league baseball by ranking the top prospects in each of the 30 leagues from across the nation. Susac, who will report with the rest of the team to fall practices in early September, played for the Corvallis Knights this past summer. The Knights advanced to the WCL Championship series before bowing out in two games.

He played in 33 games for the Knights, starting 29. He batted .208 with four doubles, a triple and two home runs while driving in 13. The Sacramento area native made his biggest mark, however, defensively, as he threw out 13-of-30 runners attempting to steal (43.3 percent) and was credited with five of the team's nine pickoffs.

Wrote Baseball America about Susac: 'As one of the youngest players in the league, Susac showed the tools that made him one of Baseball America's Top 200 prospects heading into this year's draft. Signability questions caused him to slip until the 16th round on draft day, when the Phillies took a chance on him, but he'll head back to Corvallis in the fall and will suit up for Oregon State. The reports on him this summer lined up with what was said about him in the spring. He's a great defender who is still trying to figure it out offensively. Susac has good athletic ability behind the plate, received and handled his pitching staff well and showed off above-average arm strength. He was over-aggressive at the plate and hit .202/.288/.317 in 104 at-bats, but he has a strong, 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame and hit two home runs this summer. If he can improve his timing, he could develop into a good home run hitter.'

Susac was drafted by Philadelphia in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft in June, but did not sign by the August 17 deadline, making him eligible at Oregon State for the next three seasons. He is coming off a senior season in which he batted .443 for Jeusit High School (Carmichael, Calif.). In 2009, he drove in 34 on the strength of nine doubles, three triples and eight home runs. Opponents attempted just 12 stolen bases against him, and he threw out nine (75 percent).

A former Beaver, Jorge Reyes, was also rated highly by Baseball America, but will not rejoin the Beavers for the 2010 after signing a contract with San Diego this summer. Reyes was selected in the 17th round by the Padres, but signed after going 1-2 with a 1.06 ERA for Orleans of the Cape Cod League. Baseball America has him as the No. 10 prospect from the Cape Cod League.

For a full listing of the summer's top prospects, visit www.baseballamerica.com.

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