Who would have known that somebody could have recorded their first major league hit before they have even been called up to the big leagues? Andrew Susac continued his recent success with his “first major league hit” when he set up an eighth inning win over the Colorado Rockies in a suspended game dating back to May 22 although he wasn’t called up until late July. That is just how Andrew Susac’s first season in the big leagues has been going; a pleasant surprise.
The rookie catcher was quickly brought up and desperately needed as the San Francisco Giants’ usual backup Hector Sanchez had suffered a series of small concussions which has sidelined him for nearly two months. Susac has impressed everyone in the clubhouse with his poise and defensive ability behind the plate.
Not only that, he has swung the bat pretty well too. He attributes much of that success from learning from the best, none other than the Giants All-Star catcher, Buster Posey.
“I’m always watching him, he gives me information when I ask and when I don’t ask. He is always giving me advice, how to approach a baseball, how to attack it, some of the things he thinks when he is in the box which is great insight,” Susac said in an interview with SFG Productions.
Despite a slow start he has been hot as of late. In his first 19 games as a big leaguer he is batting .277 with two long balls and 12 RBI’s. Those numbers are very similar but surprisingly better than Posey’s number back in 2010, where he batted .287 with just one home run and 10 RBI’s in his first 27 games of his season when he won the Rookie of the Year award.
And, even though he is a rookie, he has taken on the leadership role as well and credits that to Posey as well. “You got to be a leader, be vocal and know when to do certain things,” he said.
With Susac emerging as a backup and leader it questions the future of Sanchez. It definitely appears he will be the favorite as the backup catcher moving forward considering Sanchez’s slew of concussions and batting average of just .196.
Additionally, it is just simply hard not to like the guy. He is a local guy, was born in Roseville, and attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael. He is still just 24 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. If he can keep up his recent success it’s hard to believe that future will be far from home, and anywhere other than San Francisco.