2014 Draft

Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Right Fielder Michael Suchy

Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Right Fielder Michael Suchy

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right fielder Michael Suchy in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Suchy is from Florida Gulf Coast University, and went to high school in Bradenton, FL. This is the third right fielder the Pirates have drafted in the top five rounds. Suchy seems like more of a project than Connor Joe and Jordan Luplow.

He’s a toolsy outfielder who played football in high school, and has a big 6′ 4″, 230 pound frame.  He has at least average arm strength, if not better, which should allow him to stick in right field. He has average raw power, and a career .290/.370/.443 line in college. The bat might not fit in at right field. Baseball America had him ranked 217th, and says his swing is based more on strength than pure bat speed. He also strikes out in 20 percent of plate appearances.

Joe and Luplow seem like they’ll be ahead of Suchy. His athletic frame and strength is interesting, but overall he sounds like a project.

Michael Suchy’s player page.

2014 Draft

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