The Chicago White Sox is looking for a lot from Michael Kopech in 2022. After some injury and off-the-field troubles, he missed a large portion of time before returning to the mound in 2021. The White Sox brought him back as a reliever before bringing him into the rotation this year.
Kopech made his first start of spring training last night and it went pretty well. He allowed a leadoff home run to Jonathan India who is a fantastic hitter. From there, he locked in and pitched two very strong innings. The White Sox went on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds by a final score of 8-2.
It was Kopech’s first outing of the spring as he heads into the season as the projected number four starter in the rotation. Big things are expected of him as he is one of the most talented pitchers that the White Sox have ever had. He just needs to go out there and perform using that talent.
Talent apparently comes in bunches where Kopech is from in east Texas. He was an opponent of now NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes. There was even a time when the two faced off against one another in a high school game where Mahomes got the better of Kopech.
Michael Kopech had some interesting things to say about Patrick Mahomes.
On the “White Sox Talk Podcast” this week, Kopech had some nice things to say about his friend Patrick Mahomes. He admitted that he thinks that Mahomes could have played Major League Baseball had he had gone that route instead of the NFL.
It is hard to argue with anything relating to Mahomes as he is one of the best athletes going right now. In fact, he is currently the most impactful football player in the world because of his ability to make plays with both his arm and legs. Some of these tools work for both sports.
With all of this in mind, Mahomes clearly made the right decision. He is going to be one of the highest-paid athletes of all time when this is all said and done which is amazing for him and his family.
He is on track to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time too so his legacy is going to be something that is incredibly hard to achieve. Even if he was elite at baseball, it is hard to picture him being as good as he is at playing quarterback. It is nice, however, to see an athlete of his ilk be associated with a difference-maker like Kopech on the White Sox.