The Chicago White Sox haven’t had their top pitching prospect all year thanks to surgery, but that doesn’t mean anybody should be forgetting about him.
The Chicago White Sox are having an important development season in 2019. Unfortunately, they have had to do it without top pitching prospect Michael Kopech. Yesterday marked one year since Kopech made his Major League debut. He got off to a really good start in his career but Tommy John surgery put him on the shelf for the remainder of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season.
The White Sox were never going to be a contender in 2019 with or without Kopech so if this had to happen, it is better that it happened when it did. Kopech is a flamethrowing starter who projects to be a top of the rotation starter. White Sox fans should be excited about him and not forget about the potential he brings to the team.
Kopech is almost certainly going to be on the opening day roster. He might not start opening day as you can say with a fair amount of confidence that Lucas Giolito will be the opening day starter but he will surely be there ready to go for when he is called upon. He is the type of player that you plan around.
People often think about Yoan Moncada when they think of the Chris Sale trade back in 2016, but that is also where they got Kopech. It will be hard to ever say that the Red Sox lost that deal because they won the World Series with Sale as their ace, and he threw the final out in the World Series. But, if Yoan Moncada and Kopech are both stars, it will be tough to say the White Sox lost the trade either. The fact is that there is a good chance this becomes a very even trade for both teams.
Everyone who cheers for the White Sox should be very excited for Kopech’s return. He has electrifying stuff and will be joining what promises to be a good White Sox rotation in the coming years. A lot of people think that 2020 is the year the White Sox really turn the corner and Kopech might have a lot to do with it.