On this Halloween, it is easy to get scared out there. That is true in the baseball world as well with how much talent there is in our game right now. The Chicago White Sox have no shortage of talent which is why they were one of the best teams in the league in 2021. Going into 2022, they are going to get even scarier as the team has another year under its belt.
Part of what made the 2021 White Sox so special was their pitching. They had an outstanding staff that was very good for the better part of the year. The Houston Astros had their way with them in the American League Division Series but that may just be because they are the best team in the league right now. They are currently playing in the World Series for a reason.
One of the White Sox pitchers that are truly special is Michael Kopech. He has 100 miles per hour gas that moves which makes it very hard to track and hit. His breaking stuff or offspeed pitches paired with it makes him a very good and effective pitcher.
He, as of right now, has the highest potential of anyone in the White Sox organization. He could, if he stays healthy, become one of those pitchers that makes north of 200 million dollars. If he reaches his true potential, we could even be talking 300 million like Gerrit Cole.
The Chicago White Sox have some high hopes for Michael Kopech going forward.
That might sound like a stretch but this kid is absolutely unbelievable. 2021 wasn’t perfect for him but he is clearly someone with talent that is improving. When he is at his best, you can see the difference that he can make.
Kopech made his MLB debut in 2018 before Tommy John and the COVID-19 season caused him to miss almost three years. Well, in order to ease him back in, the White Sox used him as a bullpen piece in 2021. He did have a few spot starts but most of his work came as a reliever.
Going into 2022, the White Sox has some decisions to make with him. They can either continue using him in the bullpen or transition him into a starter. If they want him to reach his ceiling, a starter would obviously be better but they need to find the best version of him.
It is scary to think about what he might be able to accomplish in his career with all of this talent. As long as he keeps developing so that he can get even better, the White Sox are going to be rewarded with an absolute superstar.