Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate junior right-handed pitcher Chad Sobotka became the 26th Spartan in school history to join the professional baseball ranks when he was selected in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves Friday in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Sobotka becomes the highest Spartan ever drafted in the MLB Draft, going two rounds earlier than former Upstate standout Steve Bird did when he was taken in the sixth round of the 1986 draft by the Cleveland Indians. Sobotka is also now the 13th Spartan under the director of head coach Matt Fincher to play professionally.
“I was really nervous and really excited throughout the entire process,” Sobotka said. “I was just watching the screen like everyone else and watching all the picks go by without seeing my name. I was starting to get really nervous. I heard from the Braves a few spots before I was picked and they told me they were going to select me, and then everyone kind of let loose once we saw my name come across the board. I am so excited and honored to be an Atlanta Brave.”
USC Upstate senior left-hander David Roseboom became the second Spartan to be drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft when the New York Mets selected him in the 17th round on Saturday.