Yesterday the Chicago White Sox announced, via the team’s Twitter account, that they have called up top pitching prospect Michael Kopech, and that he will make his major league debut against the Twins.
IT’S HAPPENING: @MichaelKopech5 is coming to Chicago!
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 19, 2018
Kopech is currently the second-ranked prospect in the White Sox organization, ranking only behind outfielder Eloy Jimenez, but he is the number-13 ranked prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
The team got him in the trade that involved them sending Chris Sale to the Red Sox. Kopech, originally a first-round pick by Boston, was also sent to Chicago with Yoan Moncada.
The strengths of Kopech’s game is his power and his fastball. MLB Pipeline ranks skills on a scale from 20-80, 80 being the highest, and they rank his fastball as an 80, which means it should be as elite as it can possibly be.
Kopech also throws a very powerful slider that has a lot of break to it and is a pitch that will make hitters look bad if they just try and sit on the velocity of his fastball. He basically has the repertoire of the modern-day pitcher, but he just does those things at what is at least projected to be a fairly elite level.
The White Sox are in an obvious rebuild, but they are beginning to call up some of the top prospects they have been building up in their farm system over the past couple of years.
Overall Kopech will need to refine his control to truly be an elite pitcher at the MLB level, but he has the tools to be a true ace at the MLB level, and for the first time in a while, I will be going out of my way to watch the White Sox when Kopech makes his debut against Minnesota.