An MRI and X-rays on San Francisco catching prospect Andrew Susac recently came back clean, which is good news for the Giants’ No. 1 prospect. Susac has had a rough start to spring training health wise, as he has also dealt with a 103 degree fever caused by an infection from a root canal.
Entering Spring Training it was believed that Susac, who still has rookie status entering 2015, would have the inside track over incumbent Hector Sanchez to be named Posey’s backup. The 24-year-old was recently named the organization’s top prospect by some scouting services after hitting .273 with three home runs and 19 RBI over the course of 35 games. He took the place of Sanchez as Posey’s primary backup during the 2014 stretch run while Sanchez battled concussion problems.
Drafted during the second round of the 2011 First-Year-Player-Draft, Susac has risen quickly through the minor league system, and 2015 was supposed to be his year that he established himself as a major league player. Unfortunately the root canal caused him to miss several days early on in camp, and wrist impingement that he has been dealing with since last season, are delaying his progress at the start of 2015.
While he has gotten past the infection and fever, Susac said that the impingement is causing bones in his wrist to rub together. For a catcher, the right wrist is extremely important to his ability to throw would be base stealers out. During his 29 games behind the plate in 2014, Susac threw out 32 percent (8-for-17) of would be base stealers, which was better than the league average of 28 percent.
The wrist injury could also prove costly to his hitting ability. Susac provides a powerful bat when in the lineup. An injury to his wrist could prevent the former Oregon State University product from driving the ball all over the field. Susac displayed good extra-base power, collecting eight doubles to go along with his three home runs during his brief stint in the major leagues.
Susac has struggled at the onset of spring training, going 1-for-10 to start Cactus League play. His one hit was a double.
Since the wrist impingement seemed to be bothering him more of late, Susac underwent X-rays and an MRI to see if there was any structural damage. He recently received good news as the X-rays and MRI came back clean.
With the good news, Susac is ready to give the sore wrist a try again. He is scheduled to try to catch bullpen sessions on Monday, March 16. To help protect the wrist, Susac will wear a wrist guard. If everything goes well, Susac should be able to return to game action.