Susac Named A Semifinalist for Buster Posey Award
WICHITA, Kansas — Arizona Baseball freshman catching phenom Daniel Susac has been named one of 17 semifinalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced on Thursday.
Susac has served as the everyday catcher for the No. 7 Wildcats all season, racking up astounding numbers at and behind the plate. On offense, he is hitting .364 with 44 runs, 19 doubles, and 12 home runs while leading the Pac-12 with 58 RBI.
His eight home runs during Pac-12 play match an Arizona freshman record set by the program's home run king Shelley Duncan in 1999 and his 19 doubles rank second in the conference. Susac has picked up multiple hits 19 times this year and driven in multiple RBI 15 times. He is currently riding a career-long nine-game hit streak and a 19-game on-base streak.
He has also excelled on defense, boasting a .995 fielding percentage and throwing out 7-of-21 attempted base stealers. Susac has caught 379 of the Wildcats 441 innings this year and currently sports a 4.60 catcher ERA.
Earlier this season, Susac was tabbed as the Pac-12 Player of the Week for March 30 after hitting .556 with six runs, three doubles, four home runs, and 10 RBI in just four games against Loyola Marymount and No. 16 Oregon.
Finalists for the award will be announced on June 7 — the last Wildcat to make the finalist list was Nick Hundley in 2005.
Susac and the Wildcats begin their final Pac-12 Conference series of the season today in Corvallis, kicking off a three-game set against Oregon State. Friday at Saturday's games are set for 6:00 p.m. MST first pitches, with the Sunday finale slated for 12:00 p.m. MST. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.