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34 Michael Kopech SP

Chicago White Sox

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Player Updates

October 12, 2020 01:16 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Will rejoin team in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that Kopech, who opted out of the 2020 season, has remained in touch with his minor-league pitching coaches and is "fully invested and committed" to rejoining the team in spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Aside from some Cactus League outings this past spring, Kopech hasn't made a regular-season appearance in affiliated ball since September 2018. He was sidelined for all of 2019 while on the mend from Tommy John surgery before informing the White Sox in July that he would sit out the 2020 campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of action over the past two years means the 24-year-old won't be a lock to crack the White Sox's Opening Day rotation in 2021, but if he's able to regain his pre-surgery velocity and command, Kopech likely won't have to wait long to get another look with the big club. Chicago is expected to formally reinstate Kopech from the restricted list and add him back to the 40-man roster at some point later in the offseason.

July 22, 2020 08:56 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Lands on restricted list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The White Sox placed Kopech (personal) on the restricted list July 10.

The transaction was just a procedural move after Kopech confirmed earlier that day that he would opt out of the 2020 season. While at home for the next several months, Kopech will complete his rehab from his September 2018 Tommy John surgery before reporting to spring training at full health in 2021 with an eye on claiming a rotation spot.

July 10, 2020 06:12 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Opts out of 2020 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (personal) opted out of playing during the 2020 season Friday.

Kopech underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2018 and had fully recovered, but he'll elect not to play in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Rick Hahn emphasized the team's support of the right-hander's decision. "We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season," Hahn said.

July 4, 2020 01:08 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: No timeline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he has no timeline for Kopech's return from a personal matter, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

To alleviate any concern, the general manager stressed that Kopech, who was finishing his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, is now healthy. ''I do not have a timeline for his return, and given the personal nature of the matter he's tending to, I won't provide updates until we know the actual plan for Michael going forward,'' Hahn said. Van Schouwen added that the absence has the look of something that could keep Kopech away for a while.

July 3, 2020 11:56 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Absent for personal reasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

GM Rick Hahn said Kopech (elbow) is healthy but is away from the team to address a personal matter, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

The 24-year-old missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in September 2018, but it appears he's now fully healthy. It's unclear when Kopech is expected to join his teammates at summer training or what role he'll have during the shortened season.

June 30, 2020 07:04 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Included in 60-man roster pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The White Sox announced Monday that Kopech (elbow) will be included as part of the team's 60-man roster pool.

Chicago has yet to decide on Kopech's role entering the restarted season after sitting out all of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but his inclusion in the roster pool at least officially makes him an option for the Pale Hose. Though Kopech was initially expected to be sidelined until late May or early June while recovering from surgery, he may be close to 100 percent health in the wake of baseball's four-month hiatus. The extended break should also allow Carlos Rodon (elbow) to be nearly ready to go when the season begins, which could provide the White Sox with more reason to exercise caution with Kopech's usage coming off injury. If that's the case, Kopech may make the most sense for the White Sox as a multi-inning reliever or opening pitcher rather than a traditional starter.

June 25, 2020 10:08 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Has uncertain role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) is expected to be with the White Sox when the MLB season resumes, but his role is not yet defined, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

In a normal 162-game season, Kopech would have thrown innings in the minors and joined the White Sox by now. He was impressive during a one-inning stint in spring training, when six of his pitches hit 100 MPH. The White Sox already have five starters lined up for the rotation, but they will want to give Kopech the necessary work to continue his trajectory toward becoming an ace. That means the right-hander could be used as an opener or paired with other starters that are not ready to pitch deep into games.

April 10, 2020 11:20 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: On schedule
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, is "on schedule" for a likely return in late May or early June, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Prior to MLB's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, all signs pointed to Kopech opening the year at Triple-A Charlotte, where he would throw innings against live batters before joining the White Sox's rotation in June. It's unclear if that is still the plan if baseball is able to resume by June 1 following a brief two-to-three week ramp-up.

March 26, 2020 01:00 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Headed to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The White Sox optioned Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

Kopech is healthy again after missing the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery, but the White Sox likely want to see their top pitching prospect build up his pitch count and refine his command at Triple-A for at least a few starts before returning him into the big-league rotation. The hard-throwing righty made just one appearance in Cactus League play before the MLB suspended its season, striking out one over a perfect inning.

March 11, 2020 12:56 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Makes first start since TJ surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech threw a perfect inning in Tuesday's spring game against the Rangers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

This was Kopech's first appearance in a competitive environment since late 2018, when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. He was amped up for the outing as six of his 11 pitches registered triple digits on the radar gun. One scout on hand said the right-hander was impressive and noted the sharpness of the breaking stuff. With his highly anticipated return out of the way, Kopech can turn toward ramping up his pitches and innings in preparation for an eventual return to Chicago's rotation. May or June is the best estimate for when he will be ready to toe the rubber for the White Sox.

March 9, 2020 01:32 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: First spring start scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) will start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

This will mark Kopech's first game pitched since Sept. 5, 2018, against the Tigers. A day later, he was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery soon thereafter. The right-hander has thrown bullpen sessions and batting practice on backfields this spring, featuring his upper 90s fastball. Kopech intends to make three spring starts but won't break camp with the team. He's targeting a May or June return to the White Sox.

February 28, 2020 03:08 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Impresses in live batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Kopech has reportedly been impressing throughout camp as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent back in September of 2018. It looks as though he'll be ready for game action at the start of the regular season, though the young righty has said that he expects that action to come in the minors.

February 13, 2020 10:52 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Throws on side
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) threw a side session Wednesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

Kopech is returning from Tommy John surgery and, as such, the White Sox will closely monitor his innings in 2020. The right-hander is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Charlotte.

January 23, 2020 06:44 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Expects to begin 2020 at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) assumes he'll be starting the season at Triple-A Charlotte, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

''I assume that's kind of what everyone is thinking, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't probably thinking the same thing,'' Kopech said. ''But I'm still going to give myself that chance [to make the big-league rotation] if it presents itself." Kopech, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in September of 2018, was able to throw a couple of Instructional League games toward the end of 2019, but the White Sox are unlikely to push him. Chicago currently has a legitimate five-man rotation of Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease and Gio Gonzalez to open the regular season.

November 17, 2019 10:48 AM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Ready for spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) is fully healthy and will enter spring training without restrictions, David Laurila of FanGraphs reports.

He logged a couple innings in the instructional league, which completed his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. While Kopech will be handled carefully in 2020, he will ramp up in spring training like any other healthy pitcher.

October 31, 2019 03:44 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Reinstated from 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Thursday.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery in September of 2018, the right-hander is expected to have a normal offseason and no restrictions in spring training. Prior to the surgery, Kopech recorded a 5.02 ERA with a 15:2 K:BB over 14.1 innings pitched for the White Sox in 2018.

August 23, 2019 03:20 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: No restrictions next spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) will have a normal offseason and will enter spring training with no restrictions, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The right-hander will be 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery by next spring. Kopech will finish up a throwing program over the next several weeks before beginning what is expected to be a routine offseason.

August 21, 2019 11:32 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: To face hitters soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) said on a White Sox broadcast that he will throw live batting practice before the end of the season, Clinton Cole of Future Sox reports.

During a July 31 broadcast, Kopech said he has been throwing all his pitches and feeling good. He noted that he is progressing to the point that he will face live hitters in August or September. We know he is not coming back this season, but it's good to hear that he appears to be progressing without setbacks.

March 15, 2019 12:28 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Throwing from 75 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) has increased his throwing distance to 75 feet, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

Kopech continues to make steady progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, though he's still not expected to return at any point this year. He underwent the procedure in September, which should give him time to be ready to take part in spring training of 2020.

March 11, 2019 04:52 PM
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Placed on 60-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kopech (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday.

The transaction has no impact on Kopech's return timeline, as he's not expected to return at any point this season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The move allows the White Sox to add Josh Osich to the roster after he was claimed off waivers from Baltimore.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020CHW000.000000000.00000000
2019CHW00---00000000000000
2018CHW115.0244000014.3208845215
Total115.1404000014.0208845215
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020CHW000---00000---0.0000---
2019CHW000---00000------0---
2018CHW08180.4000101.3281.5356816.95
Total08180.4011101.3281.5716817.36
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2014R-Gcl Red Sox 13.2880010169114.771.515
2015AFX-Greenville Drive 65.0161504507027532.631.231
2016ASX-Lowell Spinners 4.11100004440.001.951
2016AFA-Salem Red Sox 52.0111104108229252.251.038
2017AAA-Charlotte Knights 15.0330110175153.001.333
2017AA-Birmingham Barons119.12222087015560772.871.150
2018AAA-Charlotte Knights126.124240770170601013.711.277
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/215
Birthdate:
04/30/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Longview, TX
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Chicago White Sox
College:

MLB Experience:
0