Former Corvallis Knights catcher Andrew Susac of Oregon State made his big league debut with the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, July 26th at AT&T Park vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. His first major league at bat was against Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. Susac played in the West Coast League in 2009 and earned all-WCL honorable mention honors.
Another ex-Knight, Matt Duffy, debuted Friday, August 1 with the Giants at Citi Field in New York. Duffy started at second base and hit second in San Francisco’s lineup. Matt collected his first big league hit and RBI in the 7th inning vs. Jonathon Niese in the Giants 5-1 win over the Mets. Duffy played in the WCL in 2010 and earned second-team All-WCL honors.
Susac picked up his first MLB hit and RBI vs. Pittsburgh on July 30th with a run-scoring single vs. Charlie Morton of the Bucs in SF’s 7-5 victory at AT&T Park.
With Susac’s and Duffy’s debut, the WCL’s list of alums that have appeared in the big leagues this summer grows to 23.
The list of alums of WCL clubs include star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees, first baseman Chris Davis of Baltimore, starting pitcher Bud Norris of Baltimore, starting pitcher Jason Hammel of Oakland, catcher Chris Stewart of Pittsburgh, second baseman Eric Sogard of Oakland, outfielder Cole Gillespie of Toronto, third baseman Brent Morel of Pittsburgh, pitcher Marc Rzepczynski of Cleveland, pitcher Jim Henderson of Milwaukee, outfielder Nyjer Morgan of Cleveland, relievers Evan Reed and Blaine Hardy of Detroit, first baseman Sean Halton of Milwaukee, pitcher Stephen Fife of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitcher Marco Gonzales of St. Louis, first baseman Matt Hague of Pittsburgh, relief pitcher Chad Smith of Detroit, starting pitcher Tommy Milone of Minnesota, pitcher Jeff Francis of Oakland/New York Yankees, starting pitcher James Paxton of Seattle and now Susac and Duffy of San Francisco.
210 WCL alums have appeared or are active in affiliated pro baseball in 2014.