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Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Right Fielder Michael Suchy

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right fielder Michael Suchy in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Suchy is from Florida Gulf Coast University, and went to high school in Bradenton, FL. This is the third right fielder the Pirates have drafted in the top five rounds. Suchy seems like more of a project than Connor Joe and Jordan Luplow.

He’s a toolsy outfielder who played football in high school, and has a big 6′ 4″, 230 pound frame.  He has at least average arm strength, if not better, which should allow him to stick in right field. He has average raw power, and a career .290/.370/.443 line in college. The bat might not fit in at right field. Baseball America had him ranked 217th, and says his swing is based more on strength than pure bat speed. He also strikes out in 20 percent of plate appearances.

Joe and Luplow seem like they’ll be ahead of Suchy. His athletic frame and strength is interesting, but overall he sounds like a project.

Michael Suchy’s player page.

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Interesting that the Pirates are neither drafting based on need (not a great idea in MLB draft) or best player available. Further, interesting that they are not going after over-slot prep players here in the 2nd day. Maybe we see the Pirates trade from the outfield “strength” and package a deal for a MLB starter.

R Edwards

So much for the idea and strategy of going over slot after HS arms on Day 2….3 college players in a row. Dylan Cease is now gone.

Do we really need three RF prospects, when we are very thin at 3B, 1B, and the middle infield?


Florida Gulf Coast University is in Ft. Myers Fl. not Bradenton.
I only point this out because I live in that area and nobody really cares anyway.
This is the same school that produced Chris Sale of the White Sox.


A kid from Bradenton ….must be why the Pirates drafted him.
Lets see if they do the same with someone from W. Pa.


Well, the more outfielders we have in the system, the better the position we’ll be in to create an appealing package for a MLB-ready player before the deadline or during the offseason, right? Frankly, I find that to be a smarter and safer approach that putting your hopes on a young player who is years away from showing he can play professionally.

Jason Kaatz

I am starting to wonder if the Pirates front office set it to auto draft and they are smoking cigars on the back 9.

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