Oppor Selected By Oakland In MLB Draft

The Oakland Athletics selected Columbus High School pitcher Christian Oppor with their 11th round pick (334th) overall in this year’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday. 

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’s a very very athletic kid. His athletic numbers are off the charts and I think they (scouts) with a really big upside.” Columbus High School baseball coach Tim Stormer told DailyDodge.com. “He’s got a lot of room to put some addition muscle on his body. His velocity took a big jump in the last couple of years and they see that. They equate that to how hard he’s worked over the last two or three years and that really drew them to him. Plus he’s left handed and that never hurts.”

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

Oppor was ranked #227 of the MLB.com’s Top 250 prospects in this year’s draft. 

Here’s there scouting report.

Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

Oppor is the best mound prospect to come out of the Wisconsin high school ranks since Connor Prielipp three years ago, though he’s not in the same class as the fellow lefty who’s a potential first-rounder after attending college at Alabama. He should become the highest Badger State prep pitcher taken since Mariners third-rounder Tony Butler in 2006. He’s athletic, already can push his fastball to 96 mph and is very signable as a Gulf Coast State (Fla.) JC commit.

While Oppor is still a work in progress, he sits around 90-92 mph with a fastball that plays up with the sink and run he creates from a low three-quarters slot. His best secondary offering is a sweeping upper-70s slider, though he doesn’t trust it as much as his mid-70s curveball with more depth. He has had little use for a changeup to this point and has yet to show much feel for the pitch.

The club that invests in Oppor will buy into his athleticism and his projection. Though he stands just 6-foot-1, he has room to add at least 20 pounds and create extension that adds to his deception. He needs more strength and consistency with his stuff and control and will require time to develop, but he’s intriguing as a high school arm with upside who’ll sign for a low-six-figure bonus.

CLICK HERE FOR MLB.COM’S VIDEO SCOUTING REPORT OF OPPOR

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