Roseville native Susac is drafted by Giants in Round 2

Rieger, Marjama, Esposito also are selected
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Oregon State University catcher Andrew Susac was the first of four Roseville-area players selected Tuesday in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

Susac, a Roseville native and 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School, was chosen by the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants in the second round. He was the 86th pick overall.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Susac has a .313 batting average and leads Oregon State with 32 RBI and four triples this season. He also has five home runs and nine doubles.

Oregon State will play Vanderbilt in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Susac was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2009 draft but didn’t sign.

Other area draft choices included Woodcreek graduate Ryan Rieger in the seventh round to the Florida Marlins and Granite Bay graduates Mike Marjama in the 23rd round to the Chicago White Sox and Nate Esposito in the 46th round to the Oakland A’s.

The left-handed Rieger was drafted as a first baseman with the 223rd overall pick. He played this season for College of Sequoias in Visalia and led the Giants in several offensive categories, including batting average (.365), at-bats (137), runs (35), hits (50), doubles (15), triples (5), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.701).

The 6-2, 205-pounder tied for the team lead in RBI with 31. Rieger was 11 for 11 in stolen-base attempts, struck out just 12 times in 157 plate appearances and had a .994 fielding percentage. He hit .472 in 2008, his senior year at Woodcreek.

Marjama hit .414 as a Granite Bay senior in 2007. Now a 6-2, 205-pound junior at Cal State Long Beach, he was the only player on the team to start all 56 games this season. He was the Dirtbags’ second-leading hitter with a .290 average and the team leader in hits (63), triples (4) and total bases (82).

Marjama was drafted as a catcher with overall pick No. 711.

Esposito, a son of Granite Bay coach Pat Esposito, was taken with overall pick No. 1,396 on Wednesday. The catcher hit .342 with 63 hits, 48 RBI and 18 doubles over two full varsity seasons and a portion of a third and this season was named to the All-Sierra Foothill League team. He has signed a national letter of intent to play at Oregon State.

Two Rocklin players were drafted. Austin Diemer, the co-MVP in the SFL this season with Roseville’s Dalton Blaser, was picked as a center fielder by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round. Right-hander Chris Garrison, a 2008 Rocklin graduate who played this season for Western Nevada Community College in Carson City, was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 28th round.