The Chicago White Sox recently called up their second best prospect and 13th best prospect in baseball the other day from the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Michael Kopech made his MLB debut on Tuesday Night against the Minnesota Twins at home.
He only pitched two innings and gave up three hits and struck out four batters. Kopech only threw 52 pitches. He only pitched two innings because of an hour rain delay. The White Sox made the right call there.
Even though Kopech only pitched two innings, did he show enough flashes in what he has to offer in the near future? Michael Kopech commanded the strike zone well and he threw effective fastballs and breaking pitches. Kopech also has a reliable change up.
If there was no rain delay, he probably would have pitched four or five innings and Kopech might have struck out seven batters. No matter how you look at it, it was a positive debut for Michael Kopech.
He will probably make five or six starts for the remainder of the season. If Michael Kopech pitches effectively, it is quite possible he will be the Chicago White Sox’s top starter heading into next season and the near future.
Kopech is just 22 years old and he was the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Michael Kopech was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox acquired him in the Chris Sale trade during the 2016 winter meetings.