SUSAC, ANDREW

Position: Catcher

DOB: March 22, 1990

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 215

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Giants (August 1, 2016)

Profile: Acquired from San Francisco along with pitcher Phil Bickford in exchange for pitcher Will Smith in a trade deadline deal in 2016, Susac was originally drafted in the second round by the Giants out of Oregon State in 2011. He didn’t sign until mid-August and coming off a wrist injury the Giants chose to hold him out until 2012 to make his pro debut. He began his pro career at High-A San Jose in 2012, then moved up to Double-A Richmond in 2013. He opened 2014 at Triple-A Fresno and made his MLB debut just a few weeks later, receiving a call-up to San Francisco in May of 2014. He bounced between Triple-A and the big leagues from 2014-2016 before being dealt to Milwaukee, then briefly spent time at Triple-A Colorado Springs before getting a September call-up to join the Brewers. The Giants top prospect heading into 2014, Susac has a good bat for a catcher, hitting for both power and average while showing a patient approach and the the willingness to take a walk. Defensively his skills are average when it comes to blocking and framing, but he has a strong arm, helping him keep the running game in check.

2012: After suffering a broken hamate bone and signing late in 2011, Susac didn’t make his pro debut until 2012 when he joined the Giants High-A affiliate in San Jose, California. In 102 games there, he hit .244 with 19 doubles, three triples and nine home runs, driving in 52 runs while scoring 58.

2013: The Giants moved Susac up to Double-A Richmond in 2013, where he appeared in 84 Eastern League games. In 262 at-bats, Susac wound up hitting .256/.362/.458 with 17 doubles and 12 home runs while knocking in 46 runs.

2014: Susac moved up to Triple-A Fresno to begin the 2014 season, but when the Giants needed a catcher in May, they made the all to Susac and he made his big league debut with the Giants. He split time between Fresno and San Francisco, hitting .273 with three home runs over 35 games with the Giants.

2015: After opening up the 2015 season back at Triple-A, Susac received another call to the majors, re-joining the Giants in mid-April. He saw action in 52 games for San Francisco, hitting .218 with 3 home runs.

2016: Susac opened up the 2016 season at Triple-A Sacramento but was sidelined after just eight games with wrist and shoulder injuries. He returned to the lineup a month later after three rehab games with San Jose and went on to play 58 games with Sacramento, hitting .273 with eight home runs before being traded to the Brewers. He joined Colorado Springs following the trade, then received a September call-up to Milwaukee, appearing in nine games with the Brewers to close out the year.