Michael Kopech to make major league debut against Twins on Tuesday

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The White Sox announced pitching prospect Michael Kopech will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Twins.

Kopech, 22, was selected by the Red Sox in the first round, 33rd overall, in the 2014 draft. He went to the White Sox along with Yoan Moncada, Víctor Díaz, and Luis Basabe in the Chris Sale trade in December 2016. This season with Charlotte, Kopech compiled a 3.70 ERA with a 170/60 K/BB ratio across 126 1/3 innings.

MLB Pipeline rates Kopech as the No. 2 prospect in Chicago’s system behind outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Kopech is rated No. 13 in all of baseball as well. The only pitchers rated higher are Forrest Whitley, Mackenzie Gore, and Jesús Luzardo.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.