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Michael Kopech

21-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago White Sox

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Last year Kopech's doubters thought he would end up as a high-leverage reliever, but now he seems more likely to wind up on the cover of GQ than in a big-league bullpen. There are reasonable arguments...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 195   DOB: 4/30/1996   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed with the Red Sox for $1.5 million in June of 2014.

January 16, 2018  –  Michael Kopech News

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Kopech is not expected to break spring training in the White Sox's starting rotation, but could reach Chicago at some point in 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. "I'm anxious for him to get there and stay there," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "I'm anxious to see the continued work we will put into Spring Training but also the continued work he will get to continue to improve, because for a lot of these guys, not only Kopech, their time is coming."

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Michael Kopech Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2014 18 R GUL 8 8 0 13.2 11 7 0 16 9 0 1 0 0 0 4.61 1.52
2015 19 A GRE 16 15 0 65.0 53 19 2 70 27 4 5 0 0 0 2.63 1.23
2016 20 A LOW 11 1 0 4.1 4 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.95
2016 20 A SAL 11 11 0 52.0 25 13 1 82 29 4 1 0 0 0 2.25 1.04
2017 21 AA BIR 3 22 0 119.1 77 38 6 155 60 8 7 0 0 0 2.87 1.15
2017 21 AAA CHA 3 3 0 15.0 15 5 0 17 5 1 1 0 0 0 3.00 1.33
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Michael Kopech Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2014 18 R GUL 8 8 13.2 10.91 6.14 1.78 0.00 65% 4.61 2.82 .341
2015 19 A GRE 16 15 65.0 9.69 3.74 2.59 0.28 78.2% 2.63 3.06 .310
2016 20 A LOW 11 1 4.1 8.78 8.78 1.00 0.00 100% 0.00 4.18 .346
2016 20 A SAL 11 11 52.0 14.19 5.02 2.83 0.17 77.4% 2.25 2.26 .271
2017 21 AA BIR 3 22 119.1 11.71 4.53 2.58 0.45 75.6% 2.87 2.91 .282
2017 21 AAA CHA 3 3 15.0 10.20 3.00 3.40 0.00 75% 3.00 1.93 .372
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Michael Kopech: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

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Kopech, 21, has a 39:3 K:BB over his last 28 innings for Double-A Birmingham.

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Kopech has been selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game as part of the festivities leading up the All-Star Game.

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Kopech won the White Sox' minor-league pitcher of the month award for May, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

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Kopech (ankle) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in six innings for Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

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Kopech was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday for Double-A Birmingham with a sprained ankle, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Kopech, who has walked 10 batters over his first 12 innings, needs to improve his fastball command, according to White Sox minor league pitching coordinator Richard Dotson, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. "It needs to get better," Dotson said. "It's as simple as that. He's not too far off. I think it's about how much he applies himself. There is a process to it. It just doesn't happen overnight."

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Kopech allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 4.1 innings in his organizational debut Saturday at Double-A Birmingham, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

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2017

Kopech made headlines in 2016, both bad and good. The bad was breaking his hand in spring training while getting into an altercation with a teammate, delaying his start to the season until July. Between this incident and missing 50 games of development in 2015 due to testing positive for a banned substance, there were some makeup questions dogging him. Once the 6-foot-3 right-hander started pitching, the good headlines started. His calling card is an overpowering fastball that touches triple digits. He breezed through Carolina League hitters, striking out 82 in 52 innings (14.2 K/9) and was clearly one of the top prospects in the Arizona Fall League. It is easy to see why the White Sox insisted Kopech be part of the deal for Chris Sale. Commanding the heater (5.0 BB/9 in 2016) in addition to improving the secondary offerings and building up innings (134.2 in three seasons) make up his to-do list for 2017.

2016

Kopech is one of Bostonís better pitching prospects at the lower levels of the organization, projecting as a No. 2 starter if it all clicks for him. He was given a challenging assignment to Low-A Greenville to start the season and was successful at that level, finishing 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 70 in 65 innings. The bad news is that Kopech was suspended 50 games for testing positive for Oxilofrine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension wiped out the rest of his regular season, leaving him only an option of working out at teamís training facility in Fort Myers. He was able to work on a few things there, in particular his off-speed stuff and ironing out his mechanics. Kopech participated in the Fall Instructional League, making up for some lost development time. His major areas of focus in 2016 are repeating his delivery, commanding his fastball and refining the secondary stuff. Heíll likely open at Greenville.

2015

Kopech was the second of Boston's two first-round picks in the 2014 draft. Coming out of high school, he was immediately assigned to the Gulf Coast League, where he held opponents to a measly .216 average and .255 slugging percentage. His problems with control and command were evident -- nine walks in 13.2 innings -- but his mid-90s heater (touching 97-98 mph) was effective against other rookies. Kopech has a lot of moving parts to his delivery, but has already worked to correct some of that. His secondary pitches are works in progress, but his raw stuff gives him a high ceiling if it can be harnessed. The Red Sox may challenge him at Low-A Greenville in 2015 for his first full-season assignment.