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.
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.