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School: Oklahoma; Class: Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-8; Weight: 261 pounds
Previously Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks, 11th round, 2011
Background: A massive 6-foot-8, 261-pound left-hander who saw very little action first two seasons, Choplick sat out his freshman season thanks to a medical redshirt (Tommy John surgery) and tossed just 34.0 innings during last season. Now, though, the big lefty from Denton, Texas has become the de facto ace of the Sooners, leading the club in innings (72.1) and strikeout (76).
Choplick’s overall effectiveness, however, has been masked by a rather unsightly 5.35 ERA.
Projection: Oh, the vagaries of poor luck. Choplick, who’s averaging 9.46 K/9 and 3.98 BB/9, is going to be a nice little pick up for a numbers savvy club in the mid rounds this June. He has size, a fresh arm, or at least one that’s now further removed from TJ, and an ability to miss bats. Plus, the control isn’t all that poor either given his size.
There’s quite a bit of upside here because of his level of inexperience. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see him add another tick or two on his fastball either.
Choplick could be one of the bigger – no pun intended – sleeper prospects in this class. Mid-rotation-type potential.
Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Second Round
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