The Chicago White Sox are set to call up top pitching prospect Michael Kopech to make his MLB debut Tuesday night.
Kopech, the No. 2 overall prospect in the White Sox system, according to MLB.com, was acquired by Chicago in the Chris Sale trade with the Boston Red Sox. He was a 2014 first round pick of the Red Sox (33rd overall pick).
He has pitched 24 games in Triple-A this year, throwing 126.1 innings and working a 3.70 ERA. His ERA is up from last year’s Triple-A numbers, but he only made three starts at the level a year ago. While a 3.70 ERA is nothing to scoff at, it’s higher than people may think when you mention Koopech as a top prospect, but his other numbers explain more of his excellence.
He’s been able to generate many strikeouts, averaging 12.11 K/9. His walks are a little high, but that comes with elite strikeout number. His ground ball rate is also up a tick or two from last year’s cup-of-coffee in the Triple-A level.
Kopech, the No. 13 overall prospect on MLB.com’s top 100 list and the No. 2 overall right handed pitcher, is known primarily for his velocity. His fastball is rated an 80 on the 20-80 scale. He has thrown as fast as 110 miles per hour with a crow hop and has reportedly hit as high as 105 mph on normal pitches.
Kopech is a highly anticipated prospect within an elite farm system in Chicago. It’ll be cool to see him and others in the system start to make big league contributions.
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