There might not be a more electric player to watch in the organization than Michael Kopech. He is a flamethrowing starter that has wicked movement on a lot of his pitches. When he made his MLB debut at the end of 2018 it felt like a playoff game at Guaranteed Rate Field and the team was about to have 100 losses. He is in a similar situation to Cease as he is trying to come in and impress here in 2020.
The difference between Kopech and Cease is the fact that Kopech is coming off a major injury. He had Tommy John that canceled the end of his 2018 and all of his 2019 season. It was devastating to hear when the news first broke and understandably so. With that said, he is healthy and ready to go. The timing of his injury also allowed him to have a little bit longer of recovery than most Tommy John surgery guys. Hopefully, Kopech is able to get back to the level that made him one of the best prospects in the world.
Kopech may or may not make the team out of Spring Training. The team might want him to get a few starts in AAA following his injury but it shouldn’t be long before he is with the White Sox. This is a big year for Kopech and having a breakout season would go a long way for this team’s chances to be a winner.