Suchy Selected By Pirates in Fifth Round of the 2014 MLB Draft
Friday, June 06, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Junior outfielder Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) became the first FGCU baseball player off the board in the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday, as he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round with the 161st pick.

Suchy is the 20th player in the program’s 12-year history to be drafted and the second-highest selection in program history behind 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Chris Sale who was picked with the 13th overall selection by the Chicago White Sox in 2010. He is the seventh FGCU player to be selected in the top 10 rounds.

The Bradenton, Fla. native put together his most productive season in an FGCU uniform while maintaining a 3.59 GPA in the field of Elementary Education. The junior posted a .318 batting average in 2014 to go with 76 hits, 54 runs, 16 doubles, four triples, eight homeruns and a career-best and team-high 49 RBI to help guide the Eagles to a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. His efforts earned him spots on the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team

Suchy was an important piece to the FGCU lineup all season long, appearing in all but one game as the right-fielder or DH. He vastly improved his numbers from last season that earned him a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference Second Team. Suchy had an improved batting average this season and more runs, doubles, triples and RBI than in 2013. He also showed elite speed with 10 stolen bases to his credit.

For his career Suchy hit .291 over 162 games with a slugging percentage of .440 on the strength of 171 hits while producing 27 doubles, five triples, 17 homeruns and 101 RBI. He also walked 58 times, built an on-base percentage of .366 and stole 22 of 32 bases while maintaining a .981 fielding percentage with 12 assists and 341 put-outs.

The Eagles finished the season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.


All-Time FGCU Draft Results

Year Player Round Pick Team Position Active
2006 Justin Stiver 17 519 Houston Astros RHP N
  Jason Louwsma 29 864 Cincinnati Reds 3B N
2007 Luis Pardo 9 291 Houston Astros RHP Y
  Jason Kiley 25 784 New York Yankees RHP N
2008 Richard Bleier 6 183 Texas Rangers LHP Y
  Casey Coleman 15 461 Chicago Cubs RHP Y
  Jason Peacock 26 778 Florida Marlins 1B N
2010 Chris Sale 1 13 Chicago White Sox LHP Y
2011 Granden Goetzman 2 75 Tampa Bay Rays OF Y
  Jacob Barnes 14 431 Milwaukee Brewers RHP Y
  Jack Wagoner 33 998 Cleveland Indians RHP Y
  Stephen Wickens 33 1018 Minnesota Twins SS Y
  Zach Maxfield* N/A N/A Detroit Tigers 1B N
  Tim Roberson* N/A N/A Boston Red Sox C Y
2012 Jason Forjet 31 958 San Francisco Giants RHP N
2013 Harrison Cooney 6 187 Los Angeles Angels RHP Y
  Brandon Bednar 7 222 San Francisco Giants 2B/SS Y
  Ricky Knapp 8 236 New York Mets RHP Y
  Sean Dwyer 11 319 Colorado Rockies OF/1B Y
  Brandon Bixler 16 470 Minnesota Twins LHP Y
  Mike Reeves 21 625 Toronto Blue Jays C Y
  Kyle Buchanan 40 1214 New York Yankees OF N
 2014 Michael Suchy  5 161  Pittsburgh Pirates  OF 
  Dash Winningham$ 235  New York Mets  1B/LHP 
  Zack Tillery 13 380 Minnesota Twins 3B/RHP Y
  Ryan Atwood  30  897  San Diego Padres  LHP 
  Devin Smeltzer$  33  987  San Diego Padres  LHP 
  $ Signed NLI to attend FGCU  
  committed but did not attend FGCU  
  *Signed as Undrafted Free Agent