Standout pitcher Jeff Soptic, who graduated from SM East in 2009, was picked up in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday by the Chicago White Sox.
Soptic had been taken by the Royals in the 43rd round of the 2009 draft, but he opted to improve his marketability by signing on for college ball with Johnson County Community College. In his two seasons with the Cavaliers, he’s gone 12-8, throwing 108 strikeouts and becoming one of the team’s workhorses.
Baseball America had Soptic listed at the 110th-best player available in the draft. At one point, Perfect Game USA had him listed at the 20th best prospect in the country. Earlier this year, Soptic signed a letter of intent to play for the Missouri Tigers after his time at JCCC was done.
In his career with the Cavaliers, Soptic has become known for his fastball, which consistently comes in at and above 95-mph. He’s been clocked at 100-mph. Here’s some footage of the 6’6″ hurler working against Avila last year: