Arizona standout Daniel Susac taken in first round of 2022 MLB Draft
Daniel Susac has officially made it to the big leagues.
On Sunday night, the Arizona catcher was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. He becomes Arizona’s 274th overall draft selection in program history and the 12th taken in the first round. He is the highest-selected Wildcat since Kevin Newman was also taken 19th overall in the 2015 draft.
Time to get to work! Let’s go! https://t.co/URFstwv4pN
— Daniel Susac (@danielsusac10) July 18, 2022
A two-time unanimous All-American and Pac-12 All-Conference honoree, Susac needed only two seasons in Tucson to ink his name all throughout the Arizona record books.
Over the course of 125 games, Susac posted a .351 career batting average with 98 runs scored, 43 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 126 RBI, a .586 slugging percentage, and a .412 on-base percentage. Behind the plate defensively, he ended his collegiate career with a .992 fielding percentage on nearly 1,000 chances.
As a sophomore this past season, he posted just the 10th 100-hit campaign in Arizona history to go with a .366 batting average. Susac also picked up 50 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, and 61 RBI to go with a .582 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage. He had the fourth-most multi-hit performances in a season in program history, and actually logged more multi-hit games than games with one hit or none.
Right away, Wildcat fans knew he’d be special. Susac batted .335 as a freshman while totaling 48 runs, 24 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, and 65 RBI. In helping the Wildcats to the College World Series, he set a freshman program record for doubles. For his efforts, Susac piled on the accolades, taking home unanimous All-American and Freshman All-American honors, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award, spots on the all-conference and all-defensive teams in the Pac-12, the Collegiate Baseball National Co-Freshman of the Year award, and a semifinalist nod for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award.
The No. 19 overall pick carries a bonus “slot value” of just over $3.5 million. If Susac signs at full value, he’d fetch the largest signing bonus of any Arizona player in program history, per Arizona Desert Swarm’s Brian J. Pedersen.
The Oakland A’s have selected Jesuit High School alumni Daniel Susac with the 19th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. He played the last two years at @ArizonaBaseball.
Here was the reaction from his draft party back home in Sacramento: pic.twitter.com/gJXDHKqnx9
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) July 18, 2022