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February 3, 2012

Pitch classification project

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2012 11:30 pm
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Dan Brooks:

This is a little script that displays seasonal PITCHf/x data using labels tagged by the THT writers. It includes over a dozen different ways to cut and slice the data, with some of the most common PITCHf/x plots (e.g., Horizontal Movement x Speed) and some uncommon ones (e.g., fancy trajectory plots with nice art). …

Here’sJohn Danks’ player card and Chris Sale’s player card.

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BaseballInstinct looks at Sox prospect RHP Jeffrey Soptic

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2012 2:30 pm
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Mike Koepp:

The Stuff

Gas, cheese, heat. These are the best tools in Jeffrey Soptic’s arsenal. He takes advantage of his size and at 6’6″, he should get stronger as he develops. I don’t need to tell you that a guy who can hit a consistent 96 mph throughout an entire inning, let alone an entire start, is rare. If the MLB was full of them it would be a little too rough for the hitters. Soptic’s main issue has been to learn to pitch low in the zone with his fastball. It’s currently very flat despite the plus velocity.

His slider is a pitch that can flash plus, which is promising but he really needs to develop it further and gain more consistency. It would be to his advantage to work on a nasty sinker for those batters sitting on the fastball.

The Mechanics

Jeffrey Soptic has a smooth and easy delivery and uses his size and arm strength to deliver his high 90s, and at times 100 plus, velocity. His mechanics are solid and sound; no need for polishing in that area especially since he profiles so well at the back of the pen.

Soptic pitched 2.2 innings in Bristol after he got drafted in June 2011:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 20 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 0 1 .000 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 1 2.2 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 14 1.500 6.8 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
1 Season 0 1 .000 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 1 2.2 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 14 1.500 6.8 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 2/3/2012.

Here are his stats from Johnson County Community College (Junior College):

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2011 15 56.0 39 28 41 58 31 4.500 7 6
2010 14 44.1 40 25 51 48 41 5.076 5 2

Here’s his signing report (Baseball America report, 3 John Sickels reports, Pine Tar Press report, videos, stats).

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