Michael Kopech-#18 Ranked Prospect
Kopech had a magical yet brief start to his major league career last season. The 22-year-old right-handed pitcher made his MLB debut on Aug. 21 against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. Despite the Sox record at the time, there was a buzz in the air that night.
Kopech would record four strikeouts in two innings pitched but the game was delayed by rain and would end the night for the young pitcher. In his next start, Kopech would show why he was the Sox top-ranked prospect in 2018 as he recorded his first major league quality start on the road against the Detroit Tigers.
Although Kopech showed promise through his first three starts with the Sox, he would end his season prematurely with an injury. Kopech’s injury was a UCL tear in his right elbow which required Tommy John surgery. Kopech will miss the entire 2019 season as he recovers from his surgery. Once he returns in 2020, Kopech could be a top of the rotation starter for the Sox.