Draft Look RHP Jeff Soptic Johnson County Community College
The Royals drafted Soptic 2 years ago in the 43rd round out of Shawnee Mission East High School. The 20 year old RH is still very projectable and was throwing 93 on a very cold baseball day (38 degrees) the day I saw him pitch. His fastball lacked the movement you would want with a power pitcher and he complimented it with a 83-84 mph slider.He did not throw a change the day I saw him but I am told he has a serviceable one.
He should be a guy that will light up the radar guns as the season progresses and the weather improves. Technically -you can draw your own assumptions from the video- if you think he has issues those are things that will be fixed when he gets to the pros. The reviews are mixed on Soptic as he could go anywhere from round 5 to round 15 depending on who you ask.
He is a big kid around 6’5 and he has a nice pitchers body that will get stronger in the coming years.
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