Chicago White Sox: This is the perfect rotation for the 2021 season

Vincent Parise
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Michael Kopech
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Michael Kopech. 34. player. 128. . SP. Chicago White Sox

Out of every pitcher on this list, the Chicago White Sox might be the most excited to have Michael Kopech. He could have the highest ceiling of anyone on this list as far as his potential. He can hit triple digits with his pitches and get those triple-digit speed pitches to move like breaking balls. It is truly something to behold for those who have been lucky enough to watch him pitch at any point.

If Kopech is so great, why is he sitting here in the five-spot? Well, that is because of how his career has gone so far. Michael Kopech made his MLB debut at the end of the 2018 season and was electric. By the end, however, he needed Tommy John’s surgery which shut him down for the rest of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season. He was set to come back in 2020 but then he opted out of the COVID-19 shortened season.

We are fully expecting to have Kopech back by the time the 2021 season starts. He should be getting warmed back up to the league by being the number five starter at first. They might even try him out in AAA again but having him as the number five instead would be perfect.

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If he rounded out this group and they all played well, he would really help them win more games. This could be a group that evolves into one of the best rotations in all of baseball. There are some people who want them to go for another low-end starter but using Kopech and Cease would be much smarter. Not only is this a good group in the present, but it might also be one that helps them win a lot of games for a long time.

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