Chicago White Sox: Five players fighting for Opening Day roster spots
Michael Kopech might be the most exciting story to follow for Chicago White Sox fans. The hype was real when he was called up to the MLB at the end of the 2018 season. He then was abruptly cut short because he needed to undergo Tommy John‘s surgery which canceled the rest of 2018 and all of 2019 for him. This is an extremely important year for Kopech’s development.
He is likely hoping that he can be on the Opening Day roster. There are a lot more starting pitchers trying to crack the rotation this year so Kopech needs to be strong in the Spring to be in the rotation on day one. It is also a matter of health for him. He is part of the future plans as of right now so it isn’t like he should be worried about his future considerations right now. The most important thing is that his arm is ready to throw well again.
It might be in the cards to have him make a couple of AAA starts and ease him into the starting rotation. Kopech probably would want to be on the Opening Day roster, but his health is what makes him different than every other player on this list.