Commentary | Southeast High product Mike Suchy hopes to hear name early in MLB draft

adell@bradenton.comJune 4, 2014 

BRADENTON

Michael Suchy has done all he can do.

His future now rests in the hands of the lords of baseball, and you never know how that can turn out.

The Southeast High product recently finished his junior year at Florida Gulf Coast by letting everyone know he is a legitimate prospect.

In earning Atlantic Sun Conference first-team honors, he led the Eagles in homers (8), RBIs (49) and total bases (124) and had a hefty .318 batting average. He showed his speed with four triples and his toughness getting hit by a pitch a team-high 11 times.

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be held Thursday with rounds 3-10 slated for Friday. The prognosticators are saying Such will be selected in somewhere in rounds four through seven.

The 21-year-old and his mother, father and brother will be in Cleveland, where most of the family lives, on Thursday. They are hoping to celebrate.

"I've done everything that I could," Suchy says. "I feel good. I've gotten positive reviews. I am sure as the day gets closer I am going to be more anxious and more nervous."

Suchy has worked out for the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros. They told him they liked him, but the baseball draft is deep and long.

The majority of scouting reports say Suchy is a legitimate center fielder because of his speed, arm and size. They like his suddenness and body control and his ability to hit the long ball.

He has a nice combination of speed and power. If he can get better control of the strike zone, which should come with full time devotion to baseball, this guy could have a nice career.

Suchy was known for football at Southeast, but chose baseball after high school.

"I could've played football in college, but I took a different route," he says. "My heart wasn't in football, and baseball is what I love. But football helped me for baseball. It got my body in shape for the grind of baseball."

Hurricane hall?

Manatee High has begun the process of creating an athletic hall of fame with the inaugural class slated for induction in the fall of 2015.

Manatee High athletic director Jason Montgomery said the Hall of Honor would be for former players, coaches and supporters of the school.

"Our traditions, our history and our alumni are what separate us from the typical school and I am excited to be part of this," Montgomery said. "Manatee has a long history of athletic success, including 16 team state titles and sports programs that have produced hundreds of collegiate and professional athletes."

When this becomes a reality, it's going to be hard to get everyone in that inaugural induction class. But there some names you just can't ignore like Joe Kinnan, Eddie Shannon, Henry Lawrence and Shevin Wiggins.

Running scholarship

Patience and persistence are two virtues that Manatee High sophomore Sydney Britt certainly possesses.

When Britt was a freshman at Manatee, the Florida High School Athletic Association declared her ineligible for all sports because her club soccer coach coached at Manatee and she was there because of school choice.

It was another example of the FHSAA swinging its ugly sword of injustice. But Britt took things in stride and trained in all three sports.

For her fortitude and efforts, Britt was awarded a $300 scholarship by the Suncoast Striders Walking and Running Club that will help her attend an elite running camp this summer.

"Despite not being able to participate in a cross country meet, soccer game or track meet, she showed up at every practice and attended every meet and game to support her teams." Darling said.

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7052. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.

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