Minnesota Twins: Could Andrew Susac be a fit for Twins?
The Minnesota Twins could sweep in and benefit from the Milwaukee Brewers recent moves.
The Minnesota Twins have made moves on their offseason, but the Milwaukee Brewers have certainly been the toast of the baseball world recently with their moves, but could one of their moves benefit the Twins?
After the Brewers signed reliever Matt Albers, they designated catcher Andrew Susac for assignment. This could be an opportunity for the Twins to snag a catcher to solidify the roster.
Andrew Susac was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2009 draft out of high school in California. The Giants drafted him in the 2nd round in 2011 out of Oregon State.
Susac started right in high-A in 2012, and fared fairly well, hitting .244/.351/.380 with 9 home runs over 102 games. He improved in 2013 in AA, with a .256/.362/.458 line and 12 home runs over 84 games. He finished in the Arizona Fall League that season, hitting .360/.507/.480 with a pair of home runs and a 16/11 BB/K ratio over 17 games.
Susac would make his way to the Giants in 2014 after an .830 OPS in AAA. He was ranked as a top 100 after the 2014 season by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
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Susac was obviously behind Buster Posey in San Francisco, so he wasn’t going to crack the starting lineup for the Giants, but he began to stall with the Giants, hitting well in AAA, but not hitting well in his MLB time.
Susac was the key to the Brewers return for reliever Will Smith along with Phil Bickford, who is still in the minors. Susac was expected to compete for a job in Milwaukee last spring, but the emergence of Manny Pina and Jeff Bandy left Susac as excess for the Brewers.
With Susac in the fold, the Twins could utilize Mitch Garver as a part-time DH, third catcher, and part-time first baseman as well, allowing him to add his right-handed power bat to the Twins lineup for much cheaper than the free agent options on the market.
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While the Brewers have had to make moves to accommodate their new acquisitions, the Minnesota Twins could benefit.