White Sox to promote top pitching prospect Michael Kopech

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech /

White Sox top pitching prospect set to make major league debut this Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The future is here White Sox fans. Michael Kopech, the team’s second-ranked prospect, will make his major league debut on Tuesday night. The Sox announced the news during Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

After much debate on whether the Sox should promote Kopech this season or wait until mid-April 2019, the 22-year-old will get his first taste of the Majors this upcoming week. Kopech had a great season with Triple-A Charlotte.

Kopech went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA through 24 starts with the Knights. Although his ERA is close to four this season, Kopech had an impressive stretch of starts to end his time with Charlotte for 2018. In his last three outings, Kopech didn’t allow any walks and only allowed three earned runs. He recorded 27 strikeouts in that span.

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Over his last 10 starts, Kopech went 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA to go along with 82 strikeouts and just 18 walks. In his last outing with the Knights against the Louisville Bats this past Thursday, Kopech allowed just one earned run in six innings pitched while recording nine strikeouts.

Kopech started this season with inconsistent results. He had five quality starts in 10 outings to begin the year with Charlotte, but also had five starts where he lasted just five innings or less in that span. After a three-inning start on June 14 where he allowed five earned runs, Kopech’s ERA was at a season-high 5.20.

The right-handed pitcher was able to turn his season around with the Knights shortly after that disastrous start. Kopech would only have three outings after June 14 that lasted five innings or less. He would post eight quality starts including four straight before being promoted to the Sox.

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Many Sox fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Kopech since Spring Training. Tuesday night should be electric at Guaranteed Rate Field when Kopech makes his major league debut. The Sox made the right call to be patient with Kopech’s development through the minors. His arrival will be just one of many more to come for Sox prospects in the immediate future.