Chicago White Sox: Three players who have to wait beyond Opening Day

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Chicago White Sox Michael Kopech
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Chicago White Sox. Michael Kopech. 2. player. 128. . SP

The Chicago White Sox have a lot of hope for Michael Kopech. He has the potential to be a front of the rotation pitcher. He has a fastball that moves in ways that only a few players on planet earth can get it to move. He has also shown the ability to reach triple digits on a regular basis. He made his Major League debut near the end of 2018 but Tommy John Surgery canceled the rest of that season and all of 2019.

It was devastating to Michael as he dealt with some tough times over his year absence. The good news for White Sox fans is that he is now in a good place both physically and mentally. He is ready to come in this year and be a part of things for a long time. With that said, it would only be smart for him to get his feet wet with the Charlotte Knights. He deserves the right to be back in the Majors when his stuff is at 100 percent.

If Kopech reaches his potential, then he will join a strong list of pitchers in this organization. He came to the White Sox with Yoan Moncada in the Chris Sale trade so if he hits, it will look like a really nice trade for both sides. If Kopech does, in fact, start in AAA, it shouldn’t be long before he gets up to the White Sox.