Southeast's Suchy signs with Pirates; Manatee's Davis set to join Nats
Michael Suchy put a cap on what has been a whirlwind week when he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and then spent the evening at PNC Park watching his new team play the Chicago Cubs.
The Southeast High graduated was drafted in the fifth round (161st overall) by the Pirates last week after turning in a stellar junior year at Florida Gulf Coast University.
"I can't wait to be out on the field playing," Suchy texted from PNC Park.
The outfielder has been assigned to the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League and leaves Friday, the day the Class A short season affiliate opens its season. The regular season ends Sept. 1.
The 6-4, 230 pound Suchy is the highest position player drafted from Southeast. Only pitcher Kerry Ward went higher, selected In the fourth round by Pittsburgh in 1993.
"That's nice I didn't know that," Suchy said. "I feel the Pirates are a good fit for me because they have been interested in me for a long time and I played well in the workouts I had with them."
Also Tuesday, Manatee grad Weston Davis chose professional baseball.
The righty is expected to sign with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday after taking a physical.
Davis will then head to Viera to play with the franchise's Gulf Coast League team.
"I'm definitely excited," said Davis, an 11th-round pick by the Nationals last week.
Davis originally committed to play college ball at Florida but withdrew his commitment because of draft purposes. Had the draft not gone his way, Davis would have signed to play at State College of Florida.
"Ever since I got the call and my adviser told me the offer, I wanted to sign," said Davis, who declined to give details of what the Nationals offered him.
Ranked one of the country's top 100 seniors by MaxPreps, Davis went 6-3 with a 1.89 ERA for Manatee, striking out 56 in 52 innings.
"I'm excited to start," he said, "and hopefully end up in the bigs."
-- Herald staff reports