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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 95: Danny Dopico

Solid career numbers should see this righthander slated for Charlotte

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Danny Dopico

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
6´2´´
210 pounds
Age: 26
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 19
2019 SSS Top Prospect ranking: 81
2020 SSHP Top Prospect ranking: 90

Dopico was a well-traveled collegian, as he pitched his first season for Siena College, his sophomore year with Broward Junior College and his junior season with Florida International University. While he posted fairly pedestrian numbers in his first two college years, in 2015 Dopico really excelled with Florida International in 27 relief appearances totaling 45 innings. That year, he posted a 1.99 ERA and 0.99 WHIP by allowing 25 hits (.160 OBA) and 20 walks (10.6%) while fanning 57 (30.2%). Upon being drafted in the 11th round by the White Sox in the 2015 draft, he held his own for Great Falls with a 4.37 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 37.3 K%.

The 2016-18 seasons saw Dopico pitch primarily for the A-level squads at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem. The 2018 season was the best of them, as he compiled a 2.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP for the Dash in 32 outings (57 ⅓ innings), allowing 44 hits (.211 OBA) and 26 walks (10.8%) while striking out 76 (31.7%). Dopico pitched exclusively for Birmingham in 2019, and provided better results despite walking more hitters by allowing fewer hits. In 43 appearances spanning 62 ⅔ innings, he posted a 2.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP by surrendering 36 hits (.168 OBA) and 35 walks (13.5%) as opposed to 73 strikeouts (28.2%).

2080 Baseball grades Dopico’s fastball at 55, as it typically runs 93-95 mph with terrific running action when elevated. He primarily uses a 50-grade slider against righties, while he uses his 55-grade splitter (arguably his best pitch) against lefties. The splitter worked especially well, as lefties only hit .145 against his offerings this year.

Dopico’s strong showing in 2019 at Birmingham means he has a good chance of beginning the 2021 season with Charlotte.