The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending Altoona outfielder Michael Suchy and West Virginia catcher Arden Pabst to the Australian Baseball League, which begins play on November 16th. Both Suchy and Pabst will play for the Sydney Blue Sox. That team is managed by Tony Harris, who is an international scout for the Pirates.
Suchy missed time with a broken hamate this year, then struggled upon his return. He hit .200/.273/.288 in 78 games with Altoona this year. He did finish strong, with hits in each of his last four regular season games, followed by a .348 average in six playoff games. Suchy's big issue this season, besides the injury, was 95 strikeouts in 280 plate appearances. He has always had a somewhat high strikeout rate, but that also came with a decent total of walks before this season....
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