We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
ANDREW SUSAC – C
THE NUMBERS: Susac appeared in eight games for the Brewers during the 2017 season. He logged just 12 at-bats and picked up one hit, posting an average of .083 to go along with an OPS of .167.
SEASON REVIEW: Acquired from San Francisco along with Phil Bickford in exchange for Will Smith in 2016, Susac was in the mix for one of Milwaukee’s two catching spots, but missed time during spring training with a trapezius injury and was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open the season. He spent time on the disabled list with the Sky Sox due to cluster headaches and appeared in just 51 games. Following injuries to Stephen Vogt and Jett Bandy, Susac was called up to Milwaukee in August, but appeared in just two games before landing back on the disabled list with an injury of his own.
After a brief rehab stint in the minor leagues, Susac was brought back up to Milwaukee in September, re-joining the team as one of their September call-ups. He saw action in six more games for Milwaukee, finally picking up his first hit of the season in the Brewers’ second-to-last game of the year.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Susac found playing time and at-bats extremely tough to come by with the Brewers in 2017, but on the final Saturday of the regular season, he finally managed to get in the hit column. In a game against St. Louis, which the Brewers ultimately dropped by a score of 7-6, Susac pinch-hit for pitcher Jermey Jeffress and ripped a single for his lone hit.
OVERALL GRADE: D
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: The emergence of Manny Pina as a legitimate starting catcher and the presence of Stephen Vogt and Jett Bandy makes it difficult to see a roster spot in Milwaukee for Susac in 2018, but catching is no easy task and players get banged up all the time, so having as many options as possible behind the plate would certainly be wise. Susac has one option year remaining and stashing him at Triple-A until needed makes a lot of sense for the Brewers.