Giants send Roseville native Susac to San Jose

Oakmont graduate Guilmet is promoted to Double A
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Andrew Susac will have plenty of opportunities to play in front of family and friends in his first season of minor-league baseball.

The Roseville native, a second-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants last June, was assigned to San Jose of the advanced-A California League. Susac, who played at Oregon State after graduating from Jesuit High School, started at catcher in San Jose’s first three games last weekend in Modesto and went 3 for 13 for a .231 average. He scored three runs and had a double.

Preston Guilmet, a 2005 graduate of Oakmont, took another step up in the Cleveland Indians’ organization. He’s starting this season at Double-A Akron in the Eastern League and earned a save in his first appearance.

Since becoming a closer, Guilmet is 5-2 with a 2.20 ERA over two seasons, having allowed 78 hits in 110 1/3 innings with 21 walks and 139 strikeouts.

Guilmet led the Carolina League last season in saves (35), appearances (52), games finished (48), walks per nine innings (1.54) and base runners per nine innings (8.33). Guilmet, who played in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Modesto, is a teammate of 2004 Woodcreek graduate Eric Berger, who was 2-1 with a 4.04 ERA between Akron and Triple-A Columbus last season.

Daniel Wolford (Woodcreek, 2006) also is playing in the California League. The right-hander for the Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, pitched three scoreless innings of relief and struck out five in two early outings against Visalia. Last season, he was 7-1 with a 1.46 ERA and allowed just one homer in 67 2/3 innings for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.

Woodcreek grad Danny Black (2007) is a shortstop with the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Miami Marlins’ affiliate in the advanced-A Florida State League, after hitting .280 with 32 steals last season.

Ryan Rieger (Woodcreek, 2008) is a first baseman with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Miami’s Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He was 6 for 10 in a five-game stint in the Gulf Coast League last year.