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.
A number of teams are making calls about Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson these days, as is the general nature of the offseason. Per Jason Kinander of FanSided, there have been some preliminary trade discussions between the Dodgers and the White Sox, though a formal deal doesn’t appear imminent and any potential competition from other clubs is still unknown.
Pederson, 26, has enjoyed quite a run with the Dodgers over the last five years. A perennial 25-home run hitter (when healthy), he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 56 RBI, an .843 OPS, and 2.7 fWAR through 443 plate appearances during the 2018 regular season. Following the Dodgers’ unsuccessful postseason campaign, Pederson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract in advance of the arbitration deadline, and is currently slated to remain under team control through the 2020 season.
Despite his relative affordability and clear value to the club, shedding Pederson from their roster would allow the Dodgers to pursue the kind of right-handed hitters they need to balance out their 2019 lineup. It’s not certain what the White Sox are prepared to give up, but Kinander mentions right-hander Carson Fulmer, lefty reliever Aaron Bummer, and recent draft pick/third baseman Bryce Bush as a few possibilities.