Chicago Cubs: Jerrick Suiter has chance to live out his dream

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Chicago Cubs: An interesting path

Suiter attended Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. A multi-sport star, Suiter played just a single season of high school baseball during his junior year. He did not disappoint in the slightest.
Like many high school baseball players, Suiter was a two-way player both as a first baseman and a pitcher.

During the season, Suiter appeared in 15 games, slashing an eye-popping .435/.536/.739 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He also dominated the mound, starting five games and tossing two complete games. He finished with a pretty solid 3.46 ERA.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Suiter in the 35th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft. Deciding to go a different route, however, Suiter chose instead to attend Texas Christian University for baseball. Suiter played three seasons with the Horned Frogs, finishing with a collegiate line of .262/.338/.320 over 138 games.

Once again eligible for the draft, this time, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates who selected Suiter at the end of the 26th round. The decision to go to college paid off as Suitor improved his draft capital nine rounds, giving him a bigger bonus. He made his debut at rookie ball in 2014.