Catchers that can hit usually go off of the board rather quickly in the draft. In two seasons at Arizona, Daniel Susac has hit and then hit some more. The draft-eligible sophomore is big, coming in at 6′ 4″ and 218 lbs. That usually works against sticking at the position, but Susac seems to go against that one.

Daniel Susac Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 218 lbs

Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Catcher

Highest Ranking: 11th (Baseball America, MLB Pipeline)

There’s quite the range of opinions on Daniel Susac among scouts. Everyone believes in the above-average power he’s shown in two years at Arizona. And it seems that there’s not many out there who think he will need to move off of the catcher position where he grades out as a solid-average defender with plus arm strength who also shows good athleticism.

The big question is how much teams believe in his ability to hit. As a freshman he hit .335 and as a sophomore he hit .366, but he’s also walked just 42 times and racked up 99 strikeouts in his 125 games. That’s a whole lot of strikeouts for a 1st round caliber player out of college, and that’s also a low walk rate. The scouting reports tend to match the numbers, too, as he’s been prone to struggle quite a bit against even solid secondary offerings. The reports also tend to show that he crushes fastballs. For a team that believes the strikezone concerns aren’t a big deal he could be a top-half of the 1st round guy, but if you’re an organization that is concerned there he’s probably a second-half of the 1st round guy.

College Stats

Year PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
2021 265 81 24 1 12 65 19 47 .335 .393 .591
2022 312 100 19 2 12 61 23 52 .366 .430 .582
Total 577 181 43 3 24 126 42 99 .352 .413 .586

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Basic Information

The 2022 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 17th and end on July 19th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 18, 32, 55, and 73 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 8th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Nick Castellanos in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round B pick (73rd) that adds a lot of additional pool money.

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5 Responses

  1. Doc

    Don’t the Reds already have a 6’4” catcher who can hit?

  2. Brad

    I am anti-the Reds drafting another Catcher in the first two rounds. Club has spent more draft capital on the least versatile position than any other. In last 7 years, 4 catchers have been chosen in first two rounds. 2 in last two drafts: Miller/Nelson.

    I get best player available approach, and generally agree with it. Just think better value could be placed on field players that can play more than one position.

    1: Stephenson (before: Grandal and Mesoraco)
    1A/CB: Nelson
    2: Okey
    2B: Miller
    INTL: Vellojin, Duno (projected top INTL 2023 signing)

    • Redsvol

      I’m with you Brad. We have spend enough – unless this is a can’t miss Bryce Harper type prospect – which clearly he is not. I’m not sure that long loping throwing motion will hold a professional runner on base.

      Please get us a young outfielder or shortstop in 1st round and some college pitchers in the other top 100 picks.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    I think the K rate is not so high since it is about 17% but maybe the walk rate it is being just 8% that is low. Susac seems to have hit better than Nelson at College level. Overall, he would look like a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
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    • Doug Gray

      In college a 17% K rate is pretty high, especially for a potential 1st rounder.