ZAC SUSI, CATCHER
|Born: October 30, 1996
Drafted: 12th Round, 354th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
High School/College: University of Connecticut
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Susi was rated 326th overall among prospects by Baseball America coming into the 2018 draft. BA called him a big, physical catcher with some defensive skills, although they noted that he added weight and lost some quickness and agility behind the plate. He has an above average arm and gets good marks for his hard work. Despite good size, he’s a contact-oriented hitter and hasn’t shown power yet due to a slow bat. Overall, he hit 286/362/376 as a sophomore and 335/429/402 as a junior. Susi appears to have major league potential as a backup due to the defense and on base skills. He signed quickly.
The Pirates assigned Susi to Morgantown initially. He split time behind the plate with Grant Koch, who was taken in the fifth round and so figured to get more of the playing time. In early August, the Pirates moved Susi down to Bristol and he was the primary catcher there the rest of the season. He didn’t do much at the plate beyond showing good plate discipline. He threw out 28% of base stealers overall.
Susi backed up Grant Koch at Greensboro. He didn’t do much at the plate beyond drawing walks at a solid rate. He threw out 22% of base stealers and had some trouble with passed balls.
Susi will likely continue as a backup.
|2020: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 12th round, 354th overall pick; signed on June 11.|