Columbus Native On MLB Draft Radar

The 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft starts on Sunday and runs through Tuesday with a local player having caught Big League scouts eyes.  

2022 Columbus High School grad Christian Oppor is expected to be selected at some point during the three-day event.  During his senior campaign for the Cardinals, Oppor pitched in nine games, giving up just one earned run this season while compiling a 4-2 record.  He had a .184 ERA, .737 WHIP.  He struck out 91 and walked 23.  He also hit .492 with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs.  Oppor was an Honorable Mention All-State pick this past season by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.  He is considered one of the top Wisconsin prospects eligible for this year’s draft.   

This summer he is pitching for the Chi City Cream out of the Chicago area and is committed to play baseball at Florida Gulf Coast State.

Here’s what some of the scouting services say about Oppor….

Baseball Prospect Journal

Christian Oppor, LHP, Columbus HS: Oppor is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefty who throws a fastball and slider from a low three-quarters arm slot. His fastball sits in the low-90s. He has significant upside but would benefit from developing at the college level first. He is a Gulf Coast State (Fla.) commit. lists Oppor as the 192nd best player in their Top 400 prospects list.

Oppor is easily one of the most impressive prospects to come through the Badger State in the last few years. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound southpaw, Oppor is a highly impressive athlete downhill with ++ arm speed, working from a 3/4 slot. He was up to 95 mph multiple times this summer in short stints and though he’s still developing feel for his off-speed pitches, his upside on the mound is relatively evident. has Oppor listed as the #3 prospect in Wisconsin

His fastball is up to 94 mph and his slider has been causing batters problems this year. Oppor is currently not committed to play anywhere next year but the left-hander should attract attention as he tries to lead Columbus to a deep postseason run


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