The Chicago White Sox lost Carlos Rodon to free agency. It was something that we all saw coming this offseason but it was delayed thanks to the MLB lockout. It is tough to see as a White Sox fan but we have to acknowledge that he deserved this opportunity.
Rodon signed a two-year deal worth 44 million dollars with the San Francisco Giants. They had the best record in baseball last year and now they added the guy who came in 5th place for the American League Cy Young. It is a very strong move made by them.
Now, the White Sox have to see what they have in order to replace him. It may be hard to replace a top-five Cy Young finisher right away but there is one person on the team that can do it. They will try it by committee at first but nobody has more talent of the group trying to replace him than Michael Kopech.
Kopech has the ability to throw a baseball north of 100 miles per hour and it moves like a breaking pitch. Speaking of breaking stuff, his stuff is nasty in that department too. When all of his pitches are going to the best of his ability, he is virtually impossible to hit.
Michael Kopech has all of the tools needed to replace Carlos Rodon in 2022.
If every pitcher on the White Sox reached their highest potential in 2022, Kopech would be the ace. That would absolutely be good enough to replace what Carlos Rodon brought to the table which is saying something because he was so good.
Kopech is one of the most talented players that the White Sox have ever had. He just dealt with a very unfortunate injury and then some off-the-field stuff which kept him out for a while. In 2021, we saw a glimpse of what he can do. There may be an innings limit for a little while longer but he will be an unleashed superstar soon enough.
The first step will be easing him back into the rotation. That is supposed to happen as soon as the beginning of this year. They may run a six-man rotation with the quick turnaround but Kopech is certainly going to be a part of it. He has the ability to replace Carlos Rodon and then some which is super exciting.