The San Francisco Giants have acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Soptic from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for infielder Conor Gillaspie, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
Soptic, 21, has gone 3-3 with a 5.09 ERA (26er, 46.0ip) in 30 relief appearances in his first two professional seasons in the White Sox organization after being drafted by the team in the third round of the 2011 June First-Year Player Draft. He spent all of last season at Class A Advanced Kannapolis, going 3-2 with a 5.40 figure (26er, 43.1ip) in 27 appearances. He entered the 2013 season ranked by Baseball America as possessing the Best Fastball in the White Sox organization.
& Soptic attended Johnson County (Kansas) Community College and turned down a scholarship offer to the University of Missouri to sign with the White Sox. He's a 2009 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas and was drafted by the Royals in the 43rd round of the 2009 draft, but did not sign.
Gillaspie was San Francisco's sandwich pick (37th overall selection) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and in his five seasons within the Giants' minor league chain, he batted .287 (543-for-1,894) with 37 home runs and 259 RBI in 514 games. He made his Major League debut just 96 days following his draft date (June 5, 2008), becoming the quickest Giants draft choice to appear in a big league contest. He's hit .205 (9-for-29) with one home run and four RBI in 29 Major League games.
The Giants now have 39 players on their 40-man roster and 69 players in big league camp this spring.