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210 lbs


Johnson County Comm. College


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Some articles of Jeff's upside:



Johnson Co. Comm. College

Baseball – Soptic signs with Missouri Tigers


Story by Tyler Cundith


“Jeff is one of the top pitchers in the country, and watching him mature as a pitcher has really been fun,” said head coach Kent Shelley. “He struggled a little after we overhauled his mechanics, but he’s now comfortable after the adjustment. It is great to see all his hard work pay off, and he will be a good pitcher in the Big 12.”


Soptic was recently ranked as the 20th best prospect in the country by Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest and most comprehensive scouting service.




Royals Draft Picks and News

Story by Greg Schaum



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.




Baseball America

Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder's arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He'll flash a plus slider at times, but it's below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn't turn pro.




Perfect Game USA

Story 1: Best Prospects, Best Tools (off all college levels including JUCO)

Written 5/31/11 by David Rawnsley


In every major-league scouting system, there is a standard accounting of the grades associated with fastball velocity. Generally, it slots nicely into the following: 89-91 mph (50), 92-94 (60), 95-97 (70), 98+ (80).


Based on that scale, UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole and Kentucky righthander Alex Meyer, both elite-level prospects, have at least 70 fastballs as they have generally sat in the 96-99 mph range this spring. Other college pitchers such as Santa Clara righthander J.R. Graham and Johnson County (Kan.) CC righthander Jeff Soptic have been seen at 98-100 mph at various times, although they aren’t as consistent at that velocity as Cole and Meyer, and probably factor into the second or third rounds.....


Best Tools - Pitchers




Definition: Not just the top velocity, but the velocity a pitcher can throw quality strikes with. This is why scouts all have radar guns!

Best Candidates, High School: RHP Dylan Bundy (Owasso HS, Tulsa, Okla.), RHP Taylor Guerrieri (Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.), RHP Robert Stephenson (Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif.).

Best Candidates, Junior College: RHP Ian Gardeck (Angelina, Texas), RHP Kenny Giles (Yavapai, Ariz.), RHP Jeff Soptic (Johnson County, Kan.).

Best Candidates, College: RHP Gerrit Cole (UCLA), RHP Alex Meyer (Kentucky), RHP Matt Barnes (Connecticut)




Perfect Game USA

Story 2: State Preview/Kansas

Written 5/28/11 by David Rawnsley


It’s rare to see a junior college with two arms that can bump 96 mph (and higher), but that’s what Johnson County featured this spring in sophomore righthanders Jeff Soptic and Vince Spilker.


The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Soptic actually reached 100 mph on various occasions, though was mostly 95-97. A year ago, he was a customary 91-92, topping at 94, and suffered such major command issues that he wasn’t even drafted. He has thrown a lot more strikes this season, and added a slider. Though he still suffers from lapses in command, Soptic could very easily land as high as the third round as he has a very free, easy delivery—even when he’s touching triple digits.



Best Hitter: Nick Martini, of, Kansas State University.

Best Power: Derek Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner.

Best Speed: Derek Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner.

Best Defender: Derek Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner.

Best Velocity: Jeff Soptic, rhp, Johnson County CC.

Best Breaking Stuff: Charlie Lowell, lhp, Wichita State.





GROUP ONE (Projected ELITE-Round Draft / Rounds 1-3)


5. JEFF SOPTIC, rhp, Johnson County CC (So.)

XXL 6-7/225; easy arm at any velo; FB sits at 93-97/T-100, but straight; undrafted in 2010, now + command.

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John Sickles:




3) Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County Community College: Clocked as high as 100 MPH, but slider and changeup are inconsistent. Very high upside in his 6-6 frame but needs polish.



Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County Community College: This 6-6 right-hander scrapes 100 MPH with his fastball and has a promising slider. Although somewhat unrefined as a pitcher, his upside is huge and his arm strength is as good as anyone else's in the draft. He could easily go in the supplemental round to a team looking for a high-octane arm to harness.



Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County Community College: 6-6, 210. Big guy with a mid-90s fastball and good slider. He has a University of Missouri commitment and might end up there if he doesn't go high enough this year. 4.50 ERA with 58/31 K/BB in 56 innings, 41 hits; command issues are the main problem.VIDEO
Edited by OilCan

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Sounds like a guy fit to be in the Sox system. Get him those repetitions.

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Yikes. I'm behind. I didn't even realized he had signed. Must've been in the last week or so? Anyway, this was the one pick I liked. I'll definitely be tracking him.

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Thanks guys.


Here's a couple more websites:


FutureSox: http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2011/...in-third-round/


SimmonsField: http://simmonsfield.blogspot.com/2011/06/2...soptic-rhp.html

(With 2011 stats)


The Wizard's Sox Page: https://soxbronzetitan.wordpress.com/tag/jeff-soptic/

(very good info about Sox related stuff, IMHO.)

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Jeff Soptic, a righty out of Johnson County CC in Kansas, has a rocket for an arm. He can hit triple digits but he is another raw product. He flashes a plus slider and with the velocity he has, he looks like he could be a back of the bullpen kind of guy. He could be a #2 starter if he improves his command and develops an average changeup.


Although I would love to see that happen, I think Soptic will be our next Addison Reed.

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I'm assuming that Soptic is in extended spring training, as I cannot find anything about him.

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FutureSox.com ‏@FutureSox


2011 3rd round pick Jeff Soptic has been assigned to Kannapolis. 6-6 reliever with big time velocity. Made 3 appearances for Bristol in 2011

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I missed this one.


From Prospect Instinct


Soptic projects to an above average relief pitcher. If his secondary pitches develop, we could see his services used as a top-notch closer. He’s currently a raw pitcher with velocity that can’t be taught but no other above average tools. So there’s an extended development period here, even though his future should be in the bullpen. If he refines these tools quickly, his MLB career may come as early as the 2014 season.

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From the Charlotte Observer's Sister Site:


One of the relievers sharing some bullpen chatter with Walker was Soptic, a third-round pick out of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College. A 6-foot-6, 210-pound flamethrower, Soptic earlier had been picked deep in the 2009 draft out of high school by the Kansas City Royals, his hometown team.


“I had a lot of developing to do,” Soptic said. “It being the 43rd round, I figured I could work my way up to a lower round. I figured a junior college would be the best choice to be drafted the next year or after my sophomore year.”


Capable of throwing more than 100 mph, Soptic spent part of spring training gaining control of his slider and changeup. Before a disastrous outing June 29 against Rome (Ga.), he had allowed only five hits in 11 innings over eight appearances.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/0...l#storylink=cpy

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