Garcia and Suchy Take Home SAL Honors, Diaz Named Top IL Catcher

On Tuesday morning, the South Atlantic League announced it’s season awards, along with the league All-Star team, and two West Virginia Power players were recognized for their season. Both outfielder Michael Suchy and pitcher Yeudy Garcia were named to the Annual All-Star team, while Garcia also took home a bigger award, getting named the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the league.

With one week left in the season, Suchy is hitting .280/.364/.447 in 118 games. He has 31 doubles, ten homers and he has driven in 73 runs. The 22-year-old fifth round draft pick from 2014 is having a terrific first full season of pro ball, showing big improvements over his time in the NYPL last year. He ranks eighth in the SAL with an .811 OPS, tied for fifth in doubles, and he trails the RBI leader by eight, sitting in second place. He is also fifth with 190 total bases.

Garcia pitches tonight for the Power, trying to hold on to his league lead in ERA, where his 2.11 mark through 115.1 innings is four points ahead of the second best in the SAL. Garcia ranks third with a 1.05 WHIP and he is tied for fifth with 106 strikeouts, 11 behind the leader. Garcia has a .205 BAA and a 1.55 GO/AO ratio, showing all the signs of having a bright future. He is 22 years old, but he came directly from the Dominican Summer League last year, signing later than most international signings because he attended college before becoming a pro.

In the International League, Elias Diaz was the lone representative from Indianapolis. He was named the top International League catcher. While he has had a strong season on defense and held his own at the plate with a .271/.330/.382 slash line, Diaz has only caught 60 games this year. He has been splitting catching duties almost 50/50 with Tony Sanchez, who has caught 63 games. Diaz has been used as a DH 25 times and pinch-hit eight other times. He has thrown out 30% of runners attempting to steal, just slightly above his career average. The 24-year-old Diaz will join the Pirates for tonight’s game, his first call up to the big leagues.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    September 2, 2015 12:15 am

    I’ve noticed that 20 year old Nick Buckner is finishing strong at Bristol. Still striking out too much – although at a lower rate than last year – but he seems to be making more consistent contact and has his average up to .275 now. Still very raw, but he appears to have some tools to work with – could develop some power down the line.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    September 2, 2015 12:13 am

    For Suchy and Garcia, well deserved honors. If Luplow hadn’t gotten off to such a horrendous start, he may have made the all star team as well.

  • Garcia has been one pleasant surprise this year. Any word on Luplow? I know he’s on the 7 day. In my opinion, he’s the most impressive position prospect in WVA.

  • Let’s hope that Diaz get’s some work in the next 5 weeks. I am thinking this will be a big audition for next year.

  • After Suchy’s first year I thought he was just roster fill. I am happily surprised to see the very good season he has had. Is he a prospect or suspect at this point in his career? What do you think John?

    • I actually didn’t expect this much this soon because he was considered raw when he signed. His stats from last year were about what I expected, but he really did well this season and I think there is even more power potential in there. He’s a big, strong kid with some tools. With the way he played this year, there’s now a better chance of him reaching that potential and being a legit top prospect.

      If a normal 22 year old put up these numbers, you would say they were good, but you would look at his age first and think that he might be near his peak already, so he would slow down as he goes up levels. With the tools and the improvement over a short time that he has shown, you realize there is probably more untapped potential.

      He’s going to have to keep proving it, but he’s improved his odds greatly of becoming an MLB player.

  • Congrat’s to both!