Giants pick Miami southpaw Suarez

Giants pick Miami southpaw Suarez

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants took a well-known prospect in Monday's second round of the MLB Draft by selecting University of Miami junior left-hander Andrew Suarez with the 61st overall pick.

The Draft continues Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

Suarez, 22, was initially drafted in the ninth round by Toronto out of Christopher Columbus (Miami) High School but did not sign. Nor did he turn pro last year when Washington drafted him in the second round, 57th overall, as a redshirt sophomore.

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Often compared to Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez, Suarez was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the second straight season. He's 9-1 with a 2.96 ERA for the Hurricanes, who are competing in the College World Series. In 79 innings this year, Suarez has struck out 74 and walked 19. He surged toward the end of the season, winning each of his final three starts and recording a 0.47 ERA.

Rated 75th among MLB.com's Draft prospects, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Suarez is said to possess an above-average assortment of offspeed pitches to complement a fastball that has reached 95 mph. He also has weathered injuries. Labrum surgery on his left shoulder sidelined him as a freshman at Miami. An oblique strain bothered him early this season.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.