-The K Zone-
December 7th 2016
This season Andrew Sopko played for both the Tulsa Drillers and Rancho Cucumonga Quakes in the Dodgers organization. He went 13 and 4 this season and that talent is what brought him to this level.
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Andrew Sopko: At each stage that I have reached so far, different challenges arise and it becomes a matter of working hard. Talent only takes a player so far so in order to get to the next stage of my career I think hard work is what gets me through each challenge.
Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?
Andrew Sopko: Coming into the season I didn’t have very many expectations but being able to reach Double A far exceeded my expectations. I was able to pitch like I always have, learn from the many coaches I came across, and make adjustments from what I learned.
Mike Duffy: This offseason whats the major thing your planning to work on?
Andrew Sopko: This offseason I am looking forward to resting my arm, as I threw more innings this year than I ever had. I’m also looking to gain overall strength and flexibility with my body.
Mike Duffy: Hardest thing about being a pitcher?
Andrew Sopko: As a player there are always going to be road blocks and struggles in your career. I have been fortunate to not have any major road blocks but I know many players that have to endure those struggles. My advice would be to never give up and always have an open mind about your craft.
Mike Duffy: Favorite hobby besides baseball?
Andrew Sopko: My favorite hobbies other than baseball are probably playing basketball, hiking, and reading.
Mike Duffy: Besides your hard work who do you dedicate your success to? Why?
Andrew Sopko: I can dedicate most of my success to the many coaches and especially my father. My dad was the one who taught me how to throw a baseball. Everyone who has coached or instructed has had an impact on my success in this game.
Mike Duffy: Why do you love being a dodger?
Andrew Sopko: Being a Dodger has become a dream come true. This history that belongs to that name speaks for itself and also I see how this organization is run which is a big reason why the future is bright!