White Sox top prospects face off in SiriusXM Futures Game. South Siders top ranked prospect strikes out against team’s second ranked prospect in Miami.
The Chicago White Sox sent three prospects to Miami to participate in the SirusXM Futures Game on Sunday. Top prospect Yoan Moncada represented Team World, while second ranked Sox prospect Michael Kopech and seventh ranked prospect Zack Collins represented Team USA.
Moncada was appearing in his second consecutive Futures Game as he was named MVP of the 2016 game in San Diego. This year however, Moncada went 0-for-2 and struck out at the plate against Kopech who was appearing in his first Futures Game.
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Kopech pitched a scoreless inning of relief including a strikeout of Moncada. The 21-year-old has been solid for Double-A Birmingham this season, and he was able to display his pitching prowess on a national stage on Sunday. Kopech didn’t allow a hit when he appeared in the third inning as replaced eventual Futures Game MVP Brent Honeywell Jr.
While Moncada and Kopech faced off in the Futures Game, Collins struck out in his only at-bat of the contest on Sunday. Collins pinch hit for Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco in the seventh inning. Team USA would defeat Team World 7-6.
With Moncada, Kopech and Collins appearing the Futures Game on Sunday, other top Sox prospects were in action for their respective teams. Reynaldo Lopez, the Sox fifth ranked prospect recorded a quality start in Triple-A Charlotte Knights 5-4 loss to the Louisville Bats on Sunday. Lopez pitched six innings while allowing two earned runs, one walk and recorded four strikeouts.
Lopez has been pitching well for the Knights recently, and has notched three consecutive quality starts for Charlotte. The 23-year-old starter is 6-5 with a 3.97 ERA, and could very well be one of the first Knights pitchers called up to join the Sox starting rotation after the All-Star break.
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