Rangers hitter Mitch Moreland pitched a 1-2-3 inning and was clocked at 95 mph

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Rangers first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland took the mound in a blowout loss to the Rockies last night and looked about as good as a position player can look as a pitcher.

Moreland was clocked as high as 95 miles per hour, regularly worked at 92-94 miles per hour, and tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of fly outs to right field and a broken-bat ground ball.

Here’s the video from MLB.com:

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Moreland was actually a very good pitcher in college at Mississippi State and made a couple pitching appearances in the minors. Based on how good he looked the Rangers might want to make letting him mop up a semi-regular thing just to save some wear and tear on the pitching staff.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. 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.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.