In a not-so-surprising move today, it seems that the San Francisco Giants have called up catching prospect Andrew Susac from the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, according to Marty Lurie of KNBR.
I’m told that Susac is on way to the ball park as call up…great young man..northern Cal..OSU..go to my page @KNBR for his recent interview
— marty lurie (@baseballmarty) July 26, 2014
A move at catcher was expected after Hector Sanchez had to be removed from last night’s game. Sanchez took a foul tip off the mask and was placed on the 7-Day Concussion DL, according to Alex Pavlovic. With no other catcher’s on the 25-man roster, the Giants had to bring someone up. The trade from this morning where the Giants acquired Jake Peavy for Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree cleared the additional 40-man roster spot needed for Susac.
Susac is currently listed as the #4 prospect in the Giants system. This season for the Fresno Grizzlies he has hit .268/.379/.451 and has a .830 OPS (on base + slugging %), his best so far in the minors. He has 10 home runs in 63 games. He hit .263 in 10 games of Spring Training with the Giants this year.
At the catcher post, Susac has committed 6 errors and has a 36% caught stealing record, allowing 30 stolen bases and snagging 17 caught stealing. For perspective, Buster Posey‘s percentage in his last season with the Grizzlies was 44% while Sanchez’s was 31%.
No word yet if he’ll continue the trend Sanchez set of catching Tim Lincecum, or if he’ll even get a chance to catch, but I’m sure the Giants are eager to check him out. If Susac can handle the catching duties, it would be hard-pressed for him to hit any worse than Sanchez is right now. Sanchez’s line this season is .196/.237/.301 with3 home runs. Some time on the disabled list may do him well, especially if he has someone on the cusp that could take his job.