White Sox fifth starter could be Michrett Kopchet
This role is a bit out of the box, but could work.
Regardless of where Michael Kopech starts his 2021 campaign, it is a given he will have an innings limit. For the sake of the scenario, let’s say Kopech dominates in spring and earns the fifth starter spot. At the same time, Garrett Crochet crushes it and has a dominant spring as well. Now there are two guys who can be starters proving they are ready, but only one starting spot.
Why not package the two?
While Kopech handles the first three or four innings, Crochet can jump in and pitch another two, three innings. Heck, Crochet can even finish the game if the two are dominating.
Making Crochet the sixth starter not only benefits Kopech in easing him back into the game, but builds Crochet as well, allowing him to see major leagues hitters on a consistent basis. Considering the plan is to use Crochet as a starter eventually, this is potentially a solution. The two can alternate who starts the game and who enters in relief.
Not only could this work in terms of development, but marketing a Kopech/Crochet Day, two young flamethrowers who can touch 100 mph, would get the team a lot of national attention.
Sox fans know too well what it is like to be left in the shadows, but as a team emerging as a contender, packaging two top, young potential stars like this could be a great way to keep up with the coverage the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres get.