Andrew Sopko

Born: 08/07/1994 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Primary Position: RHRP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 7th Rd., 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 25th, 2016
Dates Seen: 4/23/2016; 6/14/2016
Level: High A
Affiliate: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
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Physical Description
Strong frame, broad shoulders, long legs. Athletic actions with some present strength.
Mechanical Notes
Smooth effort, compact delivery. Hides the ball a bit in back. Gets good extension.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2018 30 40 Role 4: Long Reliever Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 55 91-93 94 Has life in the zone; will turn it over and get some late tail. Uses to both sides well, comfortable locating glove side and likes to pound it in on lefties. Little bit of an extra gear when he needs it. See a touch more velo coming in shorter stints. Command: 50/60; Movement: 50/50
Has life in the zone; will turn it over and get some late tail. Uses to both sides well, comfortable locating glove side and likes to pound it in on lefties. Little bit of an extra gear when he needs it. See a touch more velo coming in shorter stints. Command: 50/60; Movement: 50/50
Curveball
Curveball 45 50 77-78 78 12-to-6 breaker with some hump; not real hard snap, but feel for spin and will locate; comfortable using back door to lefties.
12-to-6 breaker with some hump; not real hard snap, but feel for spin and will locate; comfortable using back door to lefties.
Slider
Slider 40 45 81-84 84 3/4 depth, below-average bite; gets big/loose; has inconsistent feel. Tries to use down/in to lefties.
3/4 depth, below-average bite; gets big/loose; has inconsistent feel. Tries to use down/in to lefties.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 83-84 83-85 85 Straight change; hard and has more drift arm side than real dive/sink; showed one with some late fade. Arm action sells it a bit; inconsistent feel. Third or fourth pitch right now; given how the arm works can see it improving a half grade; used sparingly.
Straight change; hard and has more drift arm side than real dive/sink; showed one with some late fade. Arm action sells it a bit; inconsistent feel. Third or fourth pitch right now; given how the arm works can see it improving a half grade; used sparingly.
Overall Command
Overall Command 50 50  
Overall Control
Overall Control 50 50  
Overall Summary
Potential right-handed middle reliever with smooth mechanics, advanced command of an above-average fastball to go and feel with a below average breaking ball. He has a smooth delivery with some controlled effort; adds some deception hiding the ball in back. He does a good job locating the fastball to both sides and is not afraid to work inside. The Curveball is his best secondary; it gets some hump and doesn't have great snap, but he has some feel with it, using to both righties and lefties; should be a fringe average pitch going forward. Lacks much of a weapon vs LHH; needs to develop the Change-up; it doesn't have great separation now, but given how well the arm works he should see some improvement. He doesn't walk many, keeps the ball off the barrel and gets ground balls; will work to contact, but has value in long relief role even without a plus secondary offering.