Former USC Upstate Pitcher Sobotka Promoted to Atlanta Braves

Former USC Upstate Pitcher Sobotka Promoted to Atlanta Braves

Spartanburg, S.C. – Former USC Upstate right-handed pitcher Chad Sobotka is Major League bound after being called up on Friday by the Atlanta Braves and will wear No. 61.

The Sarasota, Fla. native has compiled a 4-3 record and 2.14 ERA with three minor league teams this season. He began the year at Advanced-A Florida and went 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA before being called up to Double-A Mississippi. Sobotka turned in a 2-3 mark and 1.93 ERA in 22 appearances with Mississippi. With Triple-A Gwinnett, he made six appearances and posted a 2.84 ERA. Since beginning his professional career in 2015, Sobotka has limited opponents to a .247 batting average.

Sobotka became the 26th player in school history to be drafted after the Braves took him in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He is the highest Spartan ever drafted in the MLB Draft, going two rounds earlier than former USC Upstate standout Steve Bird who went in the sixth round to the Cleveland Indians in 1986.

The 2014 ASUN Preseason Pitcher of the Year played two seasons in Spartanburg under head coach Matt Fincher. Sobotka turned heads in his first season at USC Upstate by finishing the 2012 campaign with 12 saves, a 1.72 ERA and 34 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .196 batting average in 31.1 innings of work. His 12 saves ranked second in the ASUN that season and tied with Bradley Banks (2006) for the most-ever in a single season as a Spartan. He was rewarded at the end of the year as one of only two players to earn a unanimous selection to the ASUN All-Freshman Team.

Sobotka continued his success in 2013 by appearing in a staff-best 26 games and ended the season with a 3.86 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched. He finished the year tied for third in the ASUN with seven saves en route to being named Second Team All-Conference. Sobotka limited hitters to a .225 batting average in 2013 and paced the USC Upstate relievers with 45 strikeouts.

Atlanta hosts the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series this weekend at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Ga.

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