The Chicago White Sox know how good Michael Kopech is, but he needs to go out and prove it in 2020 following his surgery.
The Chicago White Sox plan on being good in 2020. They have lots of guys who are beginning to shape up a really nice core. One of those pieces is Michael Kopech. He was at one point the most hyped pitching prospect in the league and rightfully so. He made his Major League debut at the end of 2018 but he was shut down late and for the entire 2019 season because he needed Tommy John surgery. That was devastating for both Kopech and White Sox fans because he is electric on the mound.
He is by far the most fun pitcher to watch in the organization, and he has the making of one of the best young pitchers in the league. He would be joining an already halfway built pitching rotation that has guys like Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, and Reynaldo Lopez to compete for starts in 2020. This is a big winter for Kopech as he is back to throwing and preparing for spring training. This is an exciting winter because lots of fans are curious about what the Sox are going to do in free agency, but there are plenty of guys already in the organization to be excited about and Kopech is one of them.
The White Sox acquired Kopech in a trade with the Boston Red Sox that sent Chris Sale to Boston with Kopech and Yoan Moncada came back to Chicago. Moncada is already an elite player so Kopech being a great player would really make trading a Hall of Fame pitcher to a contender feel much better. Sale went on to win the World Series with Boston and was obviously a major part of it, so if these two players both end up being elite it would be a truly fair trade.
Kopech has a chance to go surprise lots of people in 2020. More people are worried about which free agent starter they are going to go after and how Lucas Giolito will be, but Kopech has such a high ceiling and people will soon realize it. It is going to be a great season for the White Sox and hopefully, Kopech is able to do lots of winning along with his teammates.