Much of the focus of the Chicago White Sox's trade with San Francisco focused on the Sox's acquisition of former first round pick Conor Gillaspie. But there could be plenty of intrigue involving Class-A pitcher Jeff Soptic, whom the Giants acquired in exchange for Gillaspie. Soptic was ranked as only the 29th top prospect in the Sox's organization, according to Baseball America's 2013 Prospect Handbook. That ranking was based on Soptic's raw mechanics that led to 29 walks in 43 innings at Class-A Kannapolis. But the upside is Soptic's fastball that was clocked at 100 mph at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The Giants, who have won two World Series in three seasons based largely on homegrown pitchers such as Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner (as well as Ryan Vogelsong, who started his professional career with the Giants) prefer power arms.
Sox's Soptic becomes Giant project
Chicago Tribune | Feb 23