2014 Draft Profile: Adam Choplick

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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

 

Photo Courtesy of soonersports.com.

 



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.