Tag: Arizona

2022 Draft Profile: Daniel Susac, C, University of Arizona

Player: Daniel Susac
Organization: University of Arizona                                                             Position(s): C
Height: 6’4”                   Weight: 220 lbs.                        Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Hit: Former switch-hitter turned RH only. Head stays still through swing and body stays balanced. No glaring hole in the zone. Hands are quick to zone but long through. Can cover whole plate and not afraid to use whole field. Had much larger leg kick out of HS, calmed it down which has helped adjust to off-speed easier.
Power: Pop is real and size suggests even more to come. Currently more of a doubles pop consistently, but 25+ HR in the future not unlikely. Want to see more HR production this season.
Run: Runs like a catcher.
Arm: 2.05 pop with ball right on money in one attempted steal against. Above-average to plus strength, accuracy solid. Real weapon behind plate.
Glove: Shown real improvement receiving ball. Hands are soft enough to stick behind dish, won’t be much better than average, but should reach average receiver. Blocking was issue. Lack of ability to get down and keep body square cost three bags in first two games of series. One was attempted backhand pick that let ball get away.
Other: Good bloodlines, brother Andrew former big-leaguer, younger brother also on Arizona as a pitcher.
Summary: Top ten college prospect without question. Big body for a catcher, it shows when handling balls in dirt, but hands and arm will keep him behind dish long term. Wouldn’t put an above-average overall grade on him, but average is easy and has a high likelihood to reach that level. Can be future everyday backstop for a contender.

MLB Draft Countdown: #35, Austin Wells, Arizona, C/1B

Player: Austin Wells Draft Day Age: 20
School: Arizona Position(s): C/1B
Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 lbs. Bats: Left Throws: Right
Hit: Elite. He can hit for average, he can hit for power, he can flat out hit. The bat gets to the ball quickly and without wasted movement. This is his carrying tool and it will offset the concerns regarding his position.
Field: Here is the question, where will he play? He has good hands and feet behind the dish, but the arm is not accurate or strong enough to ever be even average, which could prove to be an issue. Some feel he can move out to left, but the lack of speed leaves plenty of concern regarding his range. That leaves him at first, where his bat can play.
Summary: No question he can hit, and there are some who truly feel he will stick behind the plate, which would make him an incredibly valuable. I think the catcher is the most valuable defensive position on the diamond, so I am not sold he sticks there, therefore I am lower on him than some. Also, a bat as advances as Wells’ will be able to move through a system quickly, not allowing him the time to develop defensively. This all points to him being a first baseman long term, and that just hurts his overall value, although the pure bat tools are among the best in the class.