White Sox top pitching prospect records six strikeouts, allows just one earned run for Triple-A Charlotte in a victory for the Knights.
Chicago White Sox third ranked prospect Michael Kopech had another solid outing for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. Kopech recorded six strikeouts in a Knights 3-1 road victory over the Gwinnett Braves.
The Sox top pitching prospect pitched five innings while allowing three walks and giving up just one earned run against the Braves. Since being promoted to the Knights, Kopech has yet to give up more than two earned runs in his two starts for Charlotte. However, he hasn’t lasted more than five innings in either outing for the Knights.
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Although Kopech hasn’t gone deep in his first two starts for Charlotte, he’s getting much needed experience to end his 2017 season pitching in Triple-A. With his solid outing on Saturday, Kopech lowered his total ERA to 2.85. Kopech could make one more final start before the Knights season ends on Sept. 4.
Two other newly promoted Sox prospects also performed well on Saturday. Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins did their best to help Double-A Birmingham, but ultimately couldn’t prevent the Barons from losing 10-3 to the Tennessee Smokies. Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk for Birmingham.
Collins went 1-for-3 with a RBI single for the Barons. Both Jimenez and Collins are hitting .318 with Birmingham since being promoted on Aug. 15. In seven games with Birmingham, Collins has hit two home runs with three RBIs and eight walks. Although he struggled at the plate for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem this season, Collins is looking to end 2017 in strong fashion with the Barons.
Luis Robert, the Sox fourth ranked prospect had an impressive day at the plate for the DSL White Sox on Saturday in a 5-3 victory over the DSL Padres. Robert, who appeared in his fourth game since returning from an ankle injury went 3-for-4 with a RBI single, a double and a stolen base. Robert’s batting average improved to .310 this season with his stellar performance on Saturday.
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