Chicago White Sox: Three takeaways from Soxfest 2020

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Chicago White Sox Michael Kopech
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Michael Kopech’s Health

Michael Kopech had Tommy John‘s surgery at the end of the 2018 season which shut him down for the rest of that year along with all of 2019. He was off to a decent start but now he has to work all the way back after getting just a small taste of Major League Baseball. 2020 could be the year that he sticks full time if all goes well.

At Soxfest, Michael Kopech came out with some personal information about his mental health. He told stories about how it wasn’t easy for him dealing with anxiety and depression during that time. He received praise when he talked about it being okay now and he is ready to get going. He is newly married which is awesome for him in that area as well. He is ready to live in the moment which should be very good for him and the White Sox in 2020.

Kopech came in as the 20th best prospect on MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 Prospects list. That is very good as he is one of four White Sox players in the top 40. Kopech might get to be with the big league club to start or he might start in AAA depending on how they want to handle his pitch count this year. It will also depend on how he does in Spring Training. It is good to know now though, that Kopech is in a good spot mentally and is ready to get rolling.