• Full name Chad Nicholas Sobotka
  • Born 07/10/1993 in Sarasota, FL
  • Profile Ht.: 6'7" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School South Carolina - Upstate
  • Debut 08/10/2018
  • Drafted in the 4th round (133rd overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2014 (signed for $400,000).
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    Sobotka presents another wild card for this year's draft, as he didn't pitch all season thanks to a back injury in February. He spent his first two seasons at South Carolina-Upstate as a closer, racking up 19 saves and 79 strikeouts in 69 innings while running his fastball up to 96 mph. His command wasn't good enough to start, and he walked 39 in that span, but he showed one of the strongest arms in the Cape Cod League last summer. At 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, Sobotka has a pitcher's frame and could use a bit more strength to repeat his delivery more consistently. He throws both two- and four-seam fastballs, at times from different arm slots, and the life on his two-seamer makes it even harder to throw for strikes. He has flashed a plus slider as well, at times with swing-and-miss action. His back injury kept him from showing the same stuff this spring, though he did touch 91 mph in a bullpen session two weeks before the draft. His secondary stuff also lagged behind. Teams' views of his medical report likely will dictate how high he goes in the draft.

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