The Chicago White Sox have a stud in Michael Kopech. It is fair to wonder if he is going to start the 2020 season in the Majors or AAA.
The Chicago White Sox were very happy with Michael Kopech‘s Spring Training debut. He went out there and threw the ball over 100 miles per hour seven times and mixed it well with his offspeed pitches. He is showing that he is going to be an electric starting pitcher for the White Sox really soon. He has the ability to mix different types of pitches to get guys out but what makes him extra special is his fastball. He is able to power that thing past guys which makes it difficult to pick up what he is going to throw.
One thing that is also true about Kopech, is that people love watching him throw. He has electric stuff that everyone wants to see. His MLB debut felt like a playoff game from the stands of Guaranteed Rate Field. That was during the 2018 season that the White Sox went 62-100 so that shows that people love this guy.
With all of that said, how long until Kopech is back up with the White Sox full time? It is hard to say. He had the one inning and looked magnificent for that one inning. When the inning was over, it left you wanting more. The White Sox, however, knows how important he is to the future of the team. He might as well get a few starts with AAA Charlotte. That might be the best course of action coming back from a big injury like Tommy John.
There are plenty of arms available to start at the MLB level. Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, and Dylan Cease should be the five that make up the rotation to start the year so taking their time with Kopech might be the smartest move. If he goes down to Charlotte and lights it up, they may as well bring him up. That is probably the play that the White Sox front office will make as we get ready for a huge 2020 season. One thing is for sure, it is good to have Kopech healthy and ready to go.