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Roseville's Susac signs with Giants

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Andrew Susac of Roseville, the second-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft in June, signed with the World Series champions Monday night, about 20 minutes before the deadline.

In the end, Susac said the Giants’ offer — including $1.1 million and invitations to spring training in 2012 and 2013 — was too good to pass up.

“I felt it was best for me to start my journey at a new stage and get prepared for the level I’ve wanted to be at since I was a little guy,” said Susac, who played youth baseball with Woodcreek Little League and, later, the Woodcreek Lobos in the AABC Sandy Koufax division and tournament ball.

Susac watches little brother Daniel play now. Daniel Susac played for the Woodcreek Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star team that recently won the Northern California Division 2 Tournament.

“It’s funny. The more you watch, the more you remember the good times you had. Those are the best of times,” he said. “You go out and play for fun. It’s a little more business-like now.”

Susac said he’ll report to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday for instruction.

Susac, a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School, was the 86th player chosen in the draft. As a catcher with Oregon State University last spring, he had a .298 batting average and a team-high .525 slugging percentage. Susac had five home runs among his 18 extra-base hits for the Beavers, who advanced to the NCAA Super Regional.

He said playing at Oregon State gave him a new outlook on work ethic and time management.

“At Oregon State, you have a little time off. You have to learn what to do with that time,” Susac said Tuesday. “You can sit around and play video games or go to the batting cages and hit for an hour and make the best of your time.”

Susac was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2009 draft but didn’t sign.