White Sox third ranked prospect pitches seven strong innings for Birmingham. South Siders 11th ranked prospect records 11 strikeouts for Winston-Salem.
The Chicago White Sox continue to get solid outings from their pitching prospects as Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning both had good starts on Monday. Kopech and Dunning pitched seven strong innings for their respective teams.
Kopech, the Sox third ranked prospect pitched seven innings for Double-A Birmingham and recorded eight strikeouts in a Barons 4-1 loss to Pensacola. The 21-year-old gave up two earned runs and no walks, but pitched his fourth consecutive quality start. On the season, Kopech is 7-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
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With Reynaldo Lopez and now Lucas Giolito performing well, Kopech could be promoted to Triple-A Charlotte when one of the aforementioned players get called up to the Sox. Kopech has recorded eight or more strikeouts in four of his last 10 starts. The Sox could certainly use Kopech at the top of their rotation in the future, but for now he must continue developing into a starting pitcher.
Dunning, the Sox 11th ranked prospect also had a good start on Monday. The 2016 first round pick of the Washington Nationals recorded 11 strikeouts for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem. Dunning gave up just one earned run and one walk in a 2-1 Dash win over the Salem Red Sox. Since being promoted to Winston-Salem on April 28, Dunning is 4-5 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 96 strikeouts through 16 starts.
While Kopech and Dunning shined on the mound on Monday, the Kannoplis Intimidators offense exploded for nine runs. In a 9-8 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, Gavin Sheets and Blake Rutherford had multi-hit games for Kannapolis. Rutherford went 2-for-4 with a walk. Sheets went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. 2017 first round pick Jake Burger was 1-for-3 with a three-run home run.
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