It figures that the San Francisco Giants might be looking to draft a catcher after Buster Posey's serious leg and ankle injuries suffered during a controversial home plate collision two weeks ago.
But Andrew Susac had no idea he might be the first guy the Giants tabbed in today's Major League Baseball draft. The Oregon State sophomore and former Jesuit High star was selected in the second round -- the 86th pick overall.
"I don't know if that's why I got drafted by the Giants - the Posey injury," Susac said. "I'm sure it crossed their minds, and it definitely crossed mine."
The Roseville resident was the third player selected by San Francisco behind shortstop Joe Panik of St. John's (first round, 29th overall) and Texas high school pitcher Kyle Crick (first round, 49th overall), taken during Monday's first day of the draft.
Susac, ranked as the third-best catcher by Baseball America entering the draft, was the sixth catcher selected behind four high school players and Arkansas' James McCann, who was picked in the second round by the Detroit Tigers (76th overall).
There had been talk that the Boston Red Sox might use one of their two first-round picks on Susac, but they chose high school catcher Blake Swihart instead.
Susac, who is hitting .313 for the Beavers, may have dropped because of concerns about a broken hemate bone in his left hand sustained in late March. He had surgery April 11 and returned May 11.
The speculation is that when Posey returns from a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments in his left leg, a position change to first base might be considered to prolong the budding star's career.
Scouting reports say that Susac is solid defensively with the ability to become a decent power hitter if he continues to develop.
- Bill Paterson