Future Watch: Andrew Sopko Rookie Baseball Cards, Dodgers – Andrew Sopko was selected in the 7th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. The Padres had previously drafted him late in 2012 but the hurler opted to go to the Gonzaga University.
The Missoula, Montana native pitched a brilliant series clinching game against nationally ranked Tulane in 2015. This certainly caught the eye of the Dodgers.
At 6′-2″, 205lbs, this pitcher can hit mid-90’s on the radar but has to work on putting too many runners on base. He’s really good at stranding them but the odds could catch up to him.
Now in AA, playing for the Tulsa Drillers, he has pitched in 12 games with 34 strikeouts in 48 innings. It’s not coming easy so far, but he will figure it out. He has at every level so far.
Andrew Sopko’s autographs are, currently, exclusive to 2017 Bowman Baseball. Sopko has a Chrome Prospects Autographs card in the set and that’s a good way to get him into your collection.
Here’s the scouting report on him according to MLB Draft Pipeline:
Though Sopko’s fastball doesn’t light up radar guns at 88-92 mph with a peak of 94, it plays better than its velocity and ranks as his best pitch because it’s deceptive and appears to rise at the plate. He uses two different breaking balls, with his low-80s slider a little more reliable than his high-70s curveball. He needs to improve his changeup to develop a weapon against left-handers. ETA 2018.
Here’s a look at this talented prospect:
Sopko is a developing player. He isn’t a pitcher who will overpower the opposition but because of that he’s learning how to fool batters and pitch out of certain situations. This will inevitably make him a stronger pitcher down the road and now we wait.