Susac Gets Giant Welcome at
by editor, Rick Cabral
Sitting in the home dugout of his favorite pro baseball team,
Andrew Susac's crystal-blue eyes sparkled.The
Jesuit High star had edged closer to his childhood dream of playing for the San Francisco Giants
today when he and two fellow signees were introduced to the media at AT&T Park before the
game against the Padres.
Susac was taken by the Giants' in the 2nd Round of the MLB First-Year
player draft. Introduced along with Susac were Giants' draftees Kyle Crick, a high school pitcher, and Ricky Oropesa, an infielder from USC.
When they arrived at the Giants' home ballpark today the
star catcher told his mother Shawnna that he "was speechless. It's a dream come true," the
21-year-old Susac remarked.
New Giants' farm hands (left to right) Ricky Oropesa, Kyle Crick and
Andrew Susac meet the Bay Area media today at AT&T Park before the game
against the Padres. Photo © 2011 Rick Cabral
In the eighth grade Susac penned a composition that predicted he would
play for the "hometown" San Francisco Giants, his favorite team growing up in Roseville. Susac
today acknowledged "It's really cool that I was thinking like that at that age. And it's
Susac's adviser, Brodie
Scoffield of Legacy Sports, finalized the agreement with just 20
minutes to spare before the draft signing deadline expired. At the time, Andrew was playing
"pool basketball, hangin' out with the family and soaking it up." He says his adviser kept him
"pretty positive" throughout the negotiations and was told that "everything was going to go
The Giants awarded Susac a $1.1 million bonus, plus other incentives.
His deal was just a used Jetta shy of the bonus the Giants paid first round pick, shortstop Joe
Panik, who received $1.116 million.
Susac became the first catcher the Giants drafted after Buster Posey suffered a season-ending leg injury in May due to
a collision at the plate. Following surgery, he is just now beginning baseball drills and
is headed to Arizona to work out at the Giants training complex, according to John Shea of the
San Francisco Chronicle.
In today's media session, Susac was asked for his reaction in coming to
an organization where Posey is 'the guy'' and their top catcher? Susac displayed cool composure
when he replied, "Buster Posey's one of my favorite players. I love the way he plays. And when
it comes down to it, you're going to have to beat someone out sooner or later.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to beat him out, but you're going to have
to compete at this level."
Growing up, the catcher Susac admired most was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez,
who made his name with Texas Rangers in the 1990s.
A draft-eligible sophomore, in 2011 Susac led the Beavers in slugging
(.525) and on-base percentage (.429), and he was the team's co-leader in home runs with five
despite missing nearly a month due to a hand injury. He also compiled a .643 caught-stealing
percentage. In the postseason, Oregon State lost their Super Regional series to Vanderbilt,
which advanced to the College World Series.
Susac was selected to the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro team in 2008 and
In hindsight, Susac is thrilled at the seven-figure payoff after the
years of dedication and hard work he has put in to arrive at this pinnacle. "I definitely didn't
get to do what a lot of kids did when I was younger just because I loved the sport so much.
"But I wouldn't change it for anything," he smiled.
He and the other two farm hands will report to the Giants instructional
league this Friday.
To read Susac's story, go here.
Pablo Sandoval (left) takes a break from batting practice to pose with Andrew
Photo © Rick Cabral
Draft News Update --
Susac Signs with the Giants for $1.1
By Editor, Rick Cabral
Down to the
Andrew Susac's advisor Brodie Scoffield told
expect when he was drafted by
the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft, and it literally
came down to the midnight hour (Eastern Daylight Time).
BaseballSacramento.com learned Susac (Jesuit 2009) had signed with the Giants for a $1.1 million
bonus, plus other incentives. His bonus was the equivalent of "first-round money," and
substantially more than the $411,300 recommended by the Commissioner's office for the
86th player taken.
His deal was just
shy of the bonus awarded to the Giants' first round pick, shortstop Joe Panik, who received
Also as part of
the deal, the Giants committed money under the MLB Scholarship Program for Susac to complete his
schooling. This spring he completed his sophomore year at Oregon State
sophomore, in 2011 Susac led the Beavers in slugging (.525) and on-base percentage (.429), and
he was the team's co-leader in home runs with five despite missing nearly a month due to a hand
injury. He also compiled a .643 caught-stealing percentage. In the postseason, Oregon State lost
their Super Regional series to Vanderbilt, which advanced to the College World
Susac was selected
to the Bee's All-Metro team in 2008 and 2009.
Signing with the
Giants fulfills a lifelong dream for the native of Roseville, California. Susac's dedication and
work ethic, instilled in him by his father Nick and uncle John Susac, has finally paid big
dividends (To read about Susac's story, go
The Giants will
not commit the 6'2' catcher to a team in 2011. Instead, the team plans to send Susac to Arizona
to begin working out in preparation for the Arizona instructional league this fall. As part of
the deal, San Francisco has invited Susac to spring training in 2012.
Draft News Update --
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Bryce Bandilla, a left-handed pitcher out of Bella Vista High
signed with the San Francisco Giants. A 4th round selection in the 2011 MLB First-Year
Player Draft, Bandilla, signed for a $185,000 bonus, according to Baseball America. The
Commissioner's recommendation for the 147th player taken in the draft is $173,700.
At 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, Bandilla hit 97 on the radar gun this year, but his
control was erratic. He was 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA, with 48 strikeouts and 36 walks in 46 innings
pitched this season.
In 2008 at Bella Vista he made the Bee's All-Metro team with a 9-0 record and
.472 batting average.
Draft News Update --
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Two Sacramento City College players signed over the Fourth of July
Justin James, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th
Round, has signed and been assigned to the team's Gulf Coast League club. James is the son of
Yankees' Dion James, who starred at McClatchy. Baseball America termed him "clearly raw, but
shows five-tool potential." For an exclusive profile of
Justin James, go
James, who led the Panthers in hitting for most of the season, batted .309 and
was the only player on the Sac City squad to play in all 43 games. He was tabbed to
the All-Big 8 Conference 2nd
Drafted by Texas in the 27th Round, Kyle DeVore (Pleasant
has signed with the Rangers, who assigned him to their Arizona League team. DeVore was one of
three Panthers selected to the All-Big 8 Conference 1st Team, and the only one of Coach Andy
McKay's players picked to the All-Northern California
In 2011, the Panthers' ace went 11-0 with a 2.50 ERA. In 101 innings
pitched, he amassed 89 Ks with only nine
Former Panther, Mike Marjama (Granite Bay High), who was
Long Beach State in the 23rd Round, has signed with the Chicago White
Marjama hit .290 for the Dirtbags in
Draft News Update --
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Aggies' Scott Lyman Signs with
UC Davis right-handed pitcher Scott
Lyman--drafted in the 10th Round and 313 Overall has signed with the Florida
The 6'4", 215-pound junior posted a 3-6
record with a 4.64 ERA for the Aggies in 2011. In 87.1 innings, he struck out 67 batters
and gave up only 51 runs, 45 of which were earned on 88 hits. Opponents hit .276 against
He also provided the Aggies with power as a batter, hitting .250 for the year with 16 runs,
three home runs and 18 RBI.
It marks the fifth straight year that the Aggies have had a player drafted in the first 10
Lyman is the fourth UC Davis baseball player to join the Marlins' organization. Bryan
Evans was taken in the 14th round in 2008 while outfielder Hayward Cook went to
Florida in the ninth round in 1994. Current UC Davis assistant coach Tony
Schifano signed as an undrafted free agent in 1997.
The Marlins have assigned Lyman to their
Jamestown Jammers team in the short season Single-A New York-Penn
Draft News Update --
by Editor, Rick
Castro Signs with Texas
, the hard-throwing pitcher/infielder from Pleasant Grove High School who was selected in the
3rd Round by Texas, has signed with the
Rangers, it was confirmed by Butch Metzger, local area
scout. Castro was the 113th player taken
overall in the 2011 MLB draft.
In 2011, Castro went 5-4 with a 3.56 ERA for Pleasant Grove, striking out 64 and walking 29 in 55
A two-sport athlete for the Eagles, Castro was taken as a pitcher.
The Rangers have assigned the 6'4" 190 pound Castro to their Arizona League
Castro offers tremendous upside, Metzger says.
"I originally liked his upside and athleticism along with his feel for attacking hitters," Metzger
responded in an email message. "For being fairly new to a starting pitcher role he struggled early
against better teams. His mechanics were crude and his secondary stuff was inconsistent, but he
also competed and didn't give in," the Texas scout said.
Castro signed for $267,300, which is the bonus slot assigned by Major League Baseball for the
113th player taken in the amateur draft. In
addition, the Rangers will contribute an agreed amount for his college education under the MLB
Scholarship Plan. Castro had not committed to a four-year school, so his early signing was
When Castro signed with Texas on Tuesday, June 21 h
e was surrounded by friends and family.
For his first purchase, the
17-year-old is planning to go car shopping. A Dodge Challenger is at the top of the
Later that day he was flown to The Ballpark at
Arlington, where he took in a Ranger's home game. There he met former President George W. Bush and
Ranger's team president, and Hall of Fame pitching great, Nolan Ryan. "It was pretty humbling,"
He referred to the former president as "super cool,"
and confirmed that Ryan is intimidating. "He's a big guy," Castro said, sounding a bit amazed.
"They're all down-to-earth people," he said about the two notable
He was equally impressed by the Rangers' performance that night; he saw Mitch Moreland hit an upper
deck walk-off home run in the 11th inning for his first game at The Ballpark at
Metzger noted that as this past spring progressed Castro's velocity improved along with a tighter
spin and bigger break to his curve ball. In the last game Metzger saw Castro was touching 93 mph on
the radar gun with an average-to-plus curve with late snap. "At 6'5" and still only seventeen it
was apparent he was a quick study and projection was easy. He also had some cocky grit to his mound
presence," Metzger said of the pitching prospect.
He's getting advice from a number
of sources down in Arizona. Instead of pitching mechanics, the pitching coaches are stressing strength, conditioning and nutrition, and
showing the rookie recruits how to deal with the Arizona heat. Training days start at 11 in
the morning, and often conclude at 11 at night.
Metzger knows a little about pitching. In 1970, he was drafted in the second round by the San
Francisco Giants. He was later traded to the San Diego Padres, where he won the Rookie of the Year
Award in 1976. He played five seasons in the major leagues and finished with a career 18-9 record
and a 3.74 ERA.
Castro was the second highest draft selection from the
greater Sacramento area. Andrew Susac, a catcher from Oregon State and Jesuit High, was selected in
the 2nd Round by the San Francisco Giants.
This report was updated on 6/27.
Draft News Update -- 6/20
by Editor, Rick
Robertson, Stassi Ink Pro Contracts
Charlie Roberston (Bella Vista High), a left-handed pitcher drafted out of
Fresno State in the 27th Round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, has signed a contract with
Atlanta. The Braves assigned Robertson--the 836th player taken overall--to their Gulf Coast
At Fresno State this year, the 6'5", 205-pound pitcher
compiled an overall record of 5-8 and finished this year with a 3.51 ERA in 33 innings
In high school, Robertson was an All-Metro selection in
2007 and 2008. In his senior year for the Broncos, he compiled a 7-2 mark with an 0.82
Brock Stassi (Yuba City High), a
utility player (pitcher/outfielder) drafted out of Nevada in the 33rd Round of this year's
draft, has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 1021 player taken overall,
Stassi is expected to be assigned to Williamsport where he'll play the outfield.
At Nevada, Stassi led the team in hitting, batting .360
with 19 doubles and 34 RBI. For his career, Stassi batted .340.
The senior's 2011 season on the mound didn't match last
year, where he posted the lowest ERA (3.43) in the Western Athletic Conference, while going 7-4
for the Wolfpack. He finished with a 19-13 record and a 5.32 ERA in 243.2 innings of
Stassi is the oldest son of Jim Stassi, who guided Yuba
City High to four consecutive Division III Section titles from 2007-2010. His father played
professionally with the San Francisco Giants.
For more on Brock Stassi's draft day experience, see the Appeal-Democrate
You can read a feature on Max Stassi here.
Draft News Update
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Hernandez Signs With
Hernandez (Elk Grove High/Cosumnes River College), a
right-handed pitcher drafted
out of Fullerton State in the 48th Round of the
MLB First-Year Player Draft, has signed a contract with Arizona. The Diamondbacks
Hernandez, who was taken 1,444th overall in the draft, to their Arizona League
At Fullerton State this year, the 6'1", 190 senior sported a 3-0 record with a team-low 1.37 ERA
for pitchers with more than 20 innings. Used solely in relief, he had one save in 2011. Hernandez
is the younger brother of Diamondbacks relief pitcher, David Hernandez, who also pitched for Elk
Giants Take Susac In Second
by Editor, Rick Cabral 06/07/11
grade,Andrew Susac (Jesuit 2009) was required to pen acomposition: Where will you be 20 years from now? Susac wrote"playing baseball at AT&T
Park and breaking all of Barry Bonds' home run records."
The kid may be prescient.
Susac was selected
in the 2nd Round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco
Giants. He was the 86th pick
overall. The family, by the way, kept the
composition, just waiting for this day to pull it out.
Susac told BaseballSacramento.com that the
Giants were among several teams that showed active
interest in the Oregon State catcher in the final
hours leading up to Draft
Day that included Boston, Seattle
Susac was the fifth catcher selected in the 2011 draft, and
the second college backstop taken. But Susac couldn't be happier: the Giants have been the
family's favorite team since before he began Little League.
Andrew was told by his
Scoffield, a sports agent with Legacy Sports, to
expect negotiations to go down to the wire. Scoffield
Stassi in negotiations with the Oakland A's,
and they were resolved right near the mid-August signing deadline for amateur
But what a rewarding wait. Although drafted in the 4th Round, Scoffield secured a $1.5 million bonus for Stassi, typical first-round
Scoffield also represents another Jesuit High player now
in the pros, J.P. Howell.
Andrew said he chose Legacy and Scoffield in particular
because "I really connected well with Brodie. He was easy to talk to; they're
very down to earth."
Susac's head tonight
will be in the clouds, literally, as Oregon
State flies to Nashville to play
Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals, where Andrew's other dream awaits: a chance to play in
the College World Series.
Round, Player, Position, School, Pro
Team, Overall Draft Selection
Susac, c, Oregon State (Jesuit), San Francisco Giants,
Castro, rhp, Pleasant Grove High, Texas Rangers,
4. Bryce Bandilla,
lhp, Arizona (Bella Vista High), San Francisco Giants, 147
5. J.D, Davis, 3b,
Elk Grove High, Tampa Bay Rays, 180
7. Ryan Rieger, 1b,
College of the Sequoia (Woodcreek High), Florida Marlins, 223
10. Scott Lyman,
rhp, (UC Davis), Florida Marlins, 313
13. Justin James,
of, Sacramento City (Kennedy High), New York Yankees, 419
17. Brady Dragmire,
rhp, (Bradshaw Christian High), Toronto Blue Jays, 529
Marjama, c, Long Beach State (Granite Bay High), Chicago White Sox,
26. Austin Diemer,
of, (Rocklin High), Cleveland Indians, 788
26. Joseph Biagini,
rhp, (UC Davis), San Francisco Giants, 807
27. Kyle Devore,
rhp, Sacramento City (Pleasant Grove High), Texas Rangers, 834
Roberston, lhp, Fresno State (Bella Vista High), Atlanta, 836
28. Chris Garrison,
rhp, Western Nevada CC (Rocklin High), Chicago Cubs, 849
Grant-Parks, c, (Yuba City High), Tampa Bay Rays, 870
32. Dylan Chavez,
lhp, American River (Pleasant Grove High), Texas Rangers, 988
33. Brock Stassi,
lhp, Nevada, (Yuba City High), Philadelphia Phillies, 1021
36. Brenden Farley,
ss, (Vacaville High), Oakland A's, 1096
39. Cole Brocker,
rhp, (Sacramento City), Detroit Tigers, 1187
40. Nick Baligod,
of, Oral Robets (Sacramento City). Toronto Blue Jays, 1219
42. Jordan Johnson,
rhp, (Franklin High), Colorado Rockies, 1278
46. Nate Esposito,
c, (Granite Bay High), Oakland A's, 1396
Hernandez Cal State Fullerton (Elk Grove), Arizona Diamondbacks, 1444
Profile: Andrew Susac
Catcher Could Be Drafted in Today's First Round
by Editor, Rick Cabral 06/06/11
Andrew Susac (Jesuit/Oregon State) is a cool customer. It's Draft Day and the catcher
will be practicing this afternoon when the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year
Player Draft begins at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. No problem.
Coach Pat Casey's Beavers came off a
three-game sweep in the Corvallis Regionals, sending Oregon State to Nashville to battle the
Vanderbilt Commodores, which were ranked #3 last week by Baseball America. OSU dropped to #15 in
the same poll after losing their last five games in the regular season.
Susac, a draft-eligible sophomore, is considered the top
college catcher in this draft, and one of the top three overall. He is expected to go late
in the first round, or slip to the supplemental or second rounds. If he falls, Susac appears
unconcerned saying, "It's always a pleasure to see your name drafted, just to get a shot to play
professional baseball. It's any kid's dream. I've been through it once before, and I'm looking
forward to it." (He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 16th Round in
His adviser throughout the process
Scoffield, a sports agent with Legacy Sports.
Scoffield also represents J.P. Howell, another Jesuit standout, and
Max Stassi of Yuba City.
As a high schooler, Susac was behind the plate for Jesuit High
which won back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 titles under coach Joe
Potulny in 2008 -2009. A two-year starter for the Marauders, Susac Hit .443 with nine
doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI his senior year and went .466/9/6/31 in his junior year. He
was voted All-Metro both years by the Sacramento Bee.
"Coach Potulny did a great job," Susac says in hindsight. "I
give everything (credit) to him. He'll probably say 'I don't deserve any of it,' because that's
the kind of guy he is." The 21-year-old also praised Coach Fahey, who left the baseball coaching
staff this year to serve as Jesuit's Athletic
Susac had the misfortune of catching the same years as Stassi,
who took home the Bee's Most Valuable Player awards both years (2008 and 2009), and was drafted
in the fourth round by Oakland. Stassi, too, retained Scoffield, who negotiated a $1.5 million
signing bonus for the 18-year-0ld catcher in 2009.
"For my money, the top catcher was Susac," said
long-time scouting supervisor Ron King (Pirates/Dodgers/Phillies). King, who
signed with Cleveland in 1946, should know: he was one
of Sacramento's best backstops during the war years, catching for Christian Brothers. "He had
great hands and quick feet," King said about Susac. "He could really throw and
Growing up, the professional catcher Susac most admired was
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (currently with the Washington Nationals). Susac admired
"the way he was so crafty back there. He had a canon for an arm."
After an average freshman year at OSU in 2010, Susac's stock
rose after an impressive summer in the Cape Cod League, where he batted.290 with six doubles,
five home runs, 15 RBI and 13 walks in 29 games for the Falmouth Commodores. He played
in the Cape Cod All-Star game, and was voted the #5 prospect in the Cape Cod League by
This spring, the 6'1, 205-pound Susac was leading the
Beavers in most hitting and power categories when he sustained a fractured hamate bone in
his left hand in early April. Ironically, teammate and former Sacramento-area
Rodriguez (Elk Grove), experienced the same
injury a few days before. Both players returned home where they were operated on April 11 by UC
Davis Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Robert M. Szabo, M.D. At the time, Oregon State was
ranked #19 in the nation.
Susac made a swift recovery, returning to action May 10
against the Cal Bears, "a couple of weeks ahead of schedule," he told BaseballSacramento.com. "I
felt good and tried not to rush it. Coach Casey eased me back in," Susac remembers. "I thought I
did the right thing, and look where we are now, getting ready for
Yesterday, in the Corvallis Regionals, Susac led off the
fourth inning with a triple, and eventually scored to tie the game against Georgia. The Beavers
prevailed 6-4, and earned the right to play Vanderbilt next weekend in the Super Regionals. The
Susac family was in attendance, including parents Nick and Shawna, and uncle
John Susac, who along with the parents has been invovled in the pre-draft
discussions with Andrew's adviser, Scoffield.
For the season, Susac is hitting .313 (second on the team),
and leading the club in slugging (.552). Equally impressive, behind the plate his fielding
percentage is .991.
Looking forward to the Super Regionals, Susac said "We're
really pumped up. It's really big for us."
This should be a
really big week for Andrew Susac. First up is the MLB Draft, where he
will very likely take the first step toward a major league