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Valpo's Suiter drafted by Blue Jays in 35th round

2011-06-08T13:45:00Z 2011-06-09T14:32:57Z Valpo's Suiter drafted by Blue Jays in 35th roundBy Jim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

The wait was a lot longer than Jerrick Suiter had expected, but when the news came, it still was exciting.

The Valparaiso senior was chosen Wednesday by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was taken with the 1,069th pick.

"I'm doing better today," said Suiter, who took his finals early in order to be home for the draft. "I was extremely disappointed (Tuesday). I was on the computer all day, waiting to see my name. From what I'd heard, I was supposed to go between (rounds) three and six, which I thought was great."

But Tuesday came and went with no call. Suiter eventually heard from his advisor that teams questioned the ability to sign him based on the large amount of money he was asking for and the fact he also plans to play football for Texas Christian.

"After talking to him, I could understand that," Suiter said.

Boston, Philadelphia and Seattle all had been in contact Tuesday with Suiter's advisor, who texted him about the Blue Jays choosing him before the pick was posted. Suiter spoke to the team's area scout, who told him they are going to do a draft-and-follow with him. He pitches, catches and plays outfield, though Toronto is looking at him as a pitcher.

"They're going to come see me play, then determine how much they're willing to give me," Suiter said.

As for his intentions, Suiter understandably doesn't want to give away too much information.

"I don't want them to know if I'm leaning one way or the other," he said. "I'll go play and see what they think. If they make a good offer, fine. If not, I've always got TCU."

Suiter will play for the Indiana Bulls starting this weekend with a tournament in Indianapolis. He is scheduled to start summer school at TCU on June 29 and then will pick up with the Dallas Mustangs, an elite travel team in Texas.

With so many variables involved, Suiter has no firm timetable on his plans at this point.

"It's tough to say," he said. 

Suiter hit .461 with three home runs and 27 RBIs this season. He went 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA, striking out 69 in 57 1/3 innings pitched.

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