Chicago White Sox right-handed flamethrower Michael Kopech will head to Pensacola, Florida later this month as a Southern League All-Star.
Kopech, 21, is the White Sox’s No. 3 prospect and has been making serious noise in Double-A this season. In 58.1 innings pitched, Kopech has 80 strikeouts compared to 36 walks. The most impressive part about Kopech during his short time in the White Sox organization is his work ethic and willingness to evolve.
To keep hitters off balance, Kopech has added a two-seam fastball and is also working hard on his changeup. Kopech obviously has the tools to pitch in the big leagues. He throws 100, which leads many to believe that he would be better suited for the bullpen, but he wants to be a starter. That explains why he’s working so hard to develop his changeup.
May was a very strong month for Kopech. He was named the organization’s minor-league pitcher of the month. In 35 innings, he struck out 47 batters and had an ERA of 2.31.
The biggest knock of Kopech is that he has trouble walking hitters. It’s something he is always trying to work and so far in 2017, the results have been promising. From April to May, Kopech has seen his walk percentage drop from 18.2 percent to 12.2 percent. It’s not exactly where he wants to be, but he is showing progress, which is exactly what the White Sox are looking for.
The All-Star game is scheduled for June 20th 635 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on MiLB.TV. I know myself and many other White Sox fans will tune in.