Chad Sobotka

Age 1 RP
  • Born 08/10/2018
  • Bats R
  • Team: Atlanta Braves
2019 Statistics
W-L
0-0
IP
29
ERA
6.21
WHIP
1.62
K
38
K%
28.1
2020 Prediction
Coming Soon
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2018
2019
Changeup
0.3% Thrown 90.0 MPH 100 CSW%
Four-Seamer
56.6% Thrown 96.1 MPH 26.1 CSW%
Slider
43.2% Thrown 84.8 MPH 38 CSW%

Sobotka threw his changeup just twice in 2019, so it’s clearly not a pitch that needs to be prepared for. He had never thrown it before, so it will be interesting to see if he begins utilizing it at all in 2020.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

Sobotka slings his four-seam fastball with an average velocity over 96 mph and holds a spin rate in the 93rd percentile. However, even with a solid 11% SwStr%, he still suffered with a 30% HR/FB rate and an elevated BABIP. His true skill on his fastball is likely better than it was in 2019, but where does it settle?

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

The slider has even more impressive spin, averaging just under 3,000 rpm. The slider is Sobotka’s bread and butter, with a nasty 20.2% SwStr rate. He has trouble commanding the slider, otherwise it would be one of the better offerings in the game.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
63.6% Thrown 96.6 MPH
Slider
36.4% Thrown 85.9 MPH

Sobotka’s got a lively fastball that sits at 96 mph and at times scrapes 100 mph. It features standard movement for a four-seamer but likely picks up extra perceived velocity from the 6’7″ righty due to his length. It didn’t show great whiff or chase potential in his 14.1 MLB innings, but it was effective at a 1.4 pVal.

Though he couldn’t find the zone with it much (25.3%), Sobotka showed promising swinging-strike (19.3%) and chase (37.1%) rates on his slider. It also displayed above-average bend and drop, and could be a go-to whiff-inducer.

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