Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Susac Sent To Kansas City Royals
By Nick Stevens
The Baltimore Orioles have sent catcher Andrew Susac to the Kansas City Royals.
Per MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, the Baltimore Orioles have traded minor league catcher Andrew Susac to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.
Susac was designated for assignment and assigned to the Norfolk Tides before spring training when the Orioles claimed infielder Hanser Alberto off waivers, for the first time.
The addition of catchers Jesus Sucre and Pedro Severino left a large group of catchers competing for roster spots as spring training came to a conclusion. Both defensive-minded catchers ended up on the Opening Day 25-man roster, with former top prospect Chance Sisco being sent to AAA Norfolk to continue his development.
That left Sisco, Susac, and Carlos Perez all in camp with the Tides, with an injured Austin Wynns also likely to return soon and take a spot in AAA.
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The Bowie Baysox feature catcher Martin Cervenka and may soon add prospect Brett Cumberland to the roster. Cumberland is beginning the year in extended spring training. He ended the 2018 season with 15 games in a Baysox uniform after he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves as part of the Kevin Gausman trade.
With plenty of catching depth throughout the system, Susac found himself as the odd man out. Susac’s departure guarantees that fewer at-bats will be taken away from Chance Sisco as he attempts to work his way back onto the big league roster. I’m still a big of Sisco and would rather not see Susac in the way here. Sorry for all the Andrew Susac fans.
The Baltimore Orioles originally acquired Andrew Susac back in February of 2018 in a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Injuries limited his time in 2018 which was spent with both the Tides and the Orioles.
He appeared in nine games at the big league level, recording three hits in 26 at-bats (.115 average) with no walks and 12 strikeouts. The 29-year-old catcher hit .256 with a .405 on-base percentage and six home runs in Triple-A with the Tides.
The Norfolk Tides begin their 2019 season on Thursday against the Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves affiliate) on the road.