White Sox third-ranked prospect has multi-hit game for Single-A Kannapolis, top pitching prospect records 10 strikeouts for Triple-A Charlotte.
Chicago White Sox third-ranked prospect Luis Robert had his second multi-hit game of the season for Single-A Kannapolis on Friday night. In the Intimidators 8-3 win over the Rome Braves, Robert went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and an RBI double.
Robert made his season debut for Kannapolis on June 5. The 20-year-old outfielder was delayed this season due to a sprained ligament in his left thumb. Robert was assigned to Single-A Kannapolis after recovering from his injury and could stay with the team briefly until he’s promoted to Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem.
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Another top prospect that had a solid night on Friday was Michael Kopech. The Sox top pitching prospect recorded 10 strikeouts in his start for Triple-A Charlotte. In the Knights 2-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Kopech allowed just two earned runs in six innings pitched. However, he also issued five walks.
Kopech hasn’t had much consistency over his last 10 games pitched, as he has a 2-4 record and a 5.47 ERA during that span. The 22-year-old has lasted more than six innings in just five of his last 10 outings for the Knights.
Although some Sox fans wanted to see Kopech promoted early this season, he has shown he still needs more development before reaching the Majors. Kopech will need to work on limiting walks as he has issued 30 walks in his last 10 games. In his previous outing on June 2, Kopech lasted just two innings while giving up seven earned runs and issuing four walks.
Two of the Sox draft picks from 2016 had solid games on Friday. Zack Collins, the Sox first-round draft pick in 2016 went 2-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Birmingham in their 6-3 win over Tennessee. Zach Remillard, the Sox 10th round draft pick from 2016 went 3-for-4 with five RBIs for Winston-Salem in their 7-4 win over Carolina.
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