Kopech is being considered to start one of Friday's doubleheader games against the Royals, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Used primarily has a multi-inning reliever in 2021, Kopech has started two games, including a 10-strikeout performance over five innings April 25 against the Rangers. He most recently pitched Saturday, when the right-hander allowed one run and three hits while striking out one over two innings (28 pitches).
Kopech allowed one hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings in Saturday's 7-3 win over Cleveland.
Kopech pitched for the first time since a five-inning start last Sunday and picked up his first hold of the season. The right-hander continues to dominate whether as a starter or reliever. He's started twice, but the White Sox are largely sticking to the plan of using him for multiple-inning stints out of the bullpen. Kopech has a 1.45 ERA and 0.64 WHIP with a 30:4 K:BB while holding opponents to a .125 batting average in 18.2 innings.
Kopech (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and struck out 10 over five innings to earn the win Sunday versus the Rangers.
Kopech wasn't expected to make a long start, but he did enough to be eligible for the win. The White Sox offense took care of the rest, providing plenty of run support. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 27:4 K:BB across 15.2 innings this season. He's made two starts and six total appearances, but Kopech may have to settle for a long-relief role once Lance Lynn (back) returns.
Kopech will start Sunday's game against the Rangers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Lucas Giolito was expected to work Sunday's game, but the team will instead opt to give Kopech his second start of the season. Kopech threw only 41 pitches across three innings in his first start of the campaign, leaving it unclear how deep he will be able to work this time around. He has provided quality innings while on the mound, amassing a 1.69 ERA with a 17:4 K:BB across 10.2 frames.
Kopech allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out four over three-plus innings in a 5-1 win over the Red Sox in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.
Kopech set down the first nine batters before Enrique Hernandez walked and Alex Verdugo singled to lead off the fourth inning. That ended Kopech's night at 41 pitches. Manager Tony La Russa said Kopech would pitch at most three innings, pending his pitch count, but trotted him out to start the fourth given his efficiency over the first three frames. An obvious leap following the game is that Kopech could get another start for Lance Lynn (back), who was placed on the injured list Sunday and will miss at least one start, but La Russa put a damper on that notion. "Down the road he'll be in the rotation," La Russa told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. "But [first] he's going to be a force coming out of our bullpen."
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Kopech will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Red Sox, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Facing off against the organization that selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 first-year player draft, Kopech will be making his first MLB start since Sept. 5, 2018. Kopech has been dynamic in his four extended relief appearances for Chicago this season, allowing one run on two hits and three walks over 7.2 innings while striking out 13. According to James Fegan of The Athletic, La Russa said Kopech will likely work up to three innings if he's efficient with his pitch count, so the right-hander may have a tough time factoring into any decision. The White Sox designated Jonathan Stiever as their 27th man for the twin bill, and he could end up piggybacking Kopech in the outing.
Kopech has been bouncing back strong from his multi-inning relief appearances and would have been an option to start Monday for Carlos Rodon (illness) had he not pitched the day before, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox no longer have a vacancy in the rotation, as Rodon is set to start Wednesday, but it's encouraging to know that Kopech could be an option in the future. He has dominated to the tune of 6.1 scoreless frames in three appearances, striking out 11 and walking two over that span.
Kopech struck out three over 2.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Royals.
Kopech breezed through Kansas City's batters, retiring seven straight on 26 pitches. He's handled the transition to relief with aplomb, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 11 and retiring 19 of 22 batters faced over 6.1 innings. The right-hander's made three appearances, all spaced out and allowing rest to handle the rigors of multiple innings. Kopech's thrown no fewer than two innings each of his three outings.
Kopech (1-0) walked one and struck out three over two-plus scoreless innings to pick up the win over the Angels on Friday.
It looked like this would be Matt Foster's win after he finished up the fifth inning for starter Dallas Keuchel, but he allowed two inherited runners to score, albeit on a three-base error by right fielder Adam Eaton. So, the win went to Kopech, who entered in the sixth inning and made his first regular-season appearance since Sept. 5, 2018. He pitched two perfect innings before walking Mike Trout to lead off the eighth inning. The right-hander threw 33 pitches (21 strikes) and maxed out at 99.4 mph.
Kopech allowed two hits and struck out two over 1.1 innings in Monday's spring game against the Giants.
Kopech entered the game in relief of Lucas Giolito and stranded the two runners he inherited to end the fifth inning. He followed that up with a bases-loaded strikeout (looking) to end the sixth. The right-hander, who has allowed one run and struck out seven over 5.1 spring innings, will serve as a reliever to start the 2021 season.
Kopech (calf) allowed a hit, hit a batter and struck out two in one scoreless inning against the Cubs on Monday.
Kopech had his most recently scheduled outing delayed due to tightness in his calf. His fastball hit 100 mph and sat in the high 90s Monday, but it was the right-hander's slider that induced the two punchouts, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com. "I felt comfortable attacking the zone with my secondary pitches, which is something I've really been working on," Kopech said. "Coming out of the bullpen, getting loose that way, I'm starting to -- I wouldn't say get used to it, but get a feel for it." Kopech will be used out of the bullpen initially but could emerge in the rotation later in the season.
Kopech (calf) is expected to pitch during Monday's Cactus League matchup against the Cubs, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Kopech experienced calf tightness Friday and threw a side session rather than pitching in the spring game against the Rangers. Manager Tony La Russa said that the right-hander didn't experience any calf issues Saturday, and he'll return to Cactus League action Monday as a result.
Kopech threw a side session Friday rather than pitching in a spring game against the Rangers after experiencing calf tightness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
The fact the 24-year-old still had a throwing session indicates the calf issue is minor, though it's still somewhat worrying to have an injury crop up so close to Opening Day. Kopech should be considered day-to-day until he's able to return to game action.
Kopech struck out one over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's spring game against San Diego.
Kopech made his first game appearance in nearly a year, as his last one came March 10, 2020. Seven of his nine pitches went for strikes, and his fastball clocked in between 97 and 99 mph, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. The flame-throwing prospect will pitch out of the bullpen to start the season, but he could eventually move into the rotation.
Kopech will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Padres, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Kopech will follow starter Lance Lynn, so he'll get to see the best San Diego has to offer. It's unknown whether he'll pitch more than one inning Tuesday, but he's expected serve a multi-inning bullpen role to start the 2021 season. "He's going to have to work hard to control his emotions and maintain his concentration," manager Tony La Russa said. "If he slips here or there, he's just human. But the fact he's going out there healthy and has worked hard to keep his delivery consistent makes us very excited to watch him." Kopech, who missed the entire 2019 season due to elbow surgery and opted out of 2020, has thrown just one inning (in March of last year) since September 2018. The White Sox plan to manage his innings but have not ruled out using him as a starter in 2021.
Kopech will be used in a multi-inning relief role to start the season, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech has long been thought to have some relief risk, as fireballers with shaky command often wind up in the bullpen, especially if they have a history of injuries. He'll pitch in a relief role to start the year, but that appears to be primarily a way of managing his innings after Tommy John surgery cost him all of 2019 and an opt out took away his 2020 season. The fact that he'll be used in a multi-inning role seemingly indicates that the White Sox want him to be ready to start games at some point down the line this year, though a clear plan has not yet been provided by the team. Given his potential strikeout prowess, Kopech could still provide a fair amount of fantasy value in a multi-inning relief role.
Kopech will begin the year in the bullpen, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Kopech's profile is the sort that always carried with it a bit of relief risk, as he has big stuff but shaky command and a history of injuries. That doesn't appear to be what's happening here though, as the move can be explained as an effort to manage the young righty's innings. He hasn't pitched in a game in over two years, as he missed 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery before opting out of the 2020 season. Kopech was never going to be able to last the full year in the rotation, so the White Sox will simply start him in the 'pen rather than moving him there over the summer. He could still provide a bit of fantasy value as a reliever, but his value will ultimately be determined in large part by when he gets the chance to start again, and the White Sox have yet to make clear when that will happen. Carlos Rodon looks like the favorite to win the No. 5 starter job to open the season with Kopech out of the picture.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Kopech could be used as a reliever, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Kopech opted to sit out the 2020 season and hasn't thrown in a game since a one-inning stint in spring training last March, just before MLB was shut down. Prior to that, he missed several months following Tommy John elbow surgery in 2018. As such, Hahn, who describes Kopech as a long-term starter, mentioned the possibility of a bullpen role as a way to manage his innings and preserve him for a September/October run. The White Sox have no shortage of rotation candidates, so it's not vital for Kopech to work as a starter from the get-go in 2021.
The White Sox plan to have Kopech compete for a spot in the big-league rotation during spring training, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Kopech hasn't pitched for the White Sox since Sept. 5, 2018, as he spent the entire 2019 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, then opted out of the 2020 season for personal reasons. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn confirmed in the fall that Kopech was ready to resume his career this spring, and the White Sox seemingly have big plans for the 24-year-old, who is still regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Morosi notes that Kopech will be subject to an innings limit in 2021, but if the right-hander is able to quickly rediscover his pre-surgery form, he could be a premium source for strikeouts on a per-start basis.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||@ KC||W 9-1||2.0||3||1||0||1|
|05/05||@ CIN||L 0-1||1.2||1||0||4||4|
|05/01||vs CLE||W 7-3||3.0||1||0||0||3|
|04/25||vs TEX||W 8-4||1||5.0||4||1||0||10|
|04/18||@ BOS||W 5-1||3.0||1||1||1||4|
|04/15||vs CLE||L 2-4||1.1||1||1||1||2|
|04/11||vs KC||L 3-4||2.1||0||0||0||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||R-Gcl Red Sox||13.2||8||8||0||0||1||0||16||9||11||4.77||1.515|
|2016||AFA-Salem Red Sox||52.0||11||11||0||4||1||0||82||29||25||2.25||1.038|