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Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Socks, Same Road: The Emergence of Michael Kopech | 2080 Baseball

“Michael liked to hold a ball in his hand before he could walk, but became nearly obsessed with baseball in T-ball. Although I thought when he was born that I was going to have a law partner, he quickly debunked that idea and told me at 4 years old that he was going to be a professional baseball player. From that moment on, I became his coach,” Kopech’s dad shared via email.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: michael kopech, prospects, white sox

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   1. Norcan Posted: March 18, 2017 at 12:27 PM (#5419256)
Kopech looked pretty dynamic versus the Cubs the other day. He apparently got his fastball up into the 100-102 mph range, which is pretty routine for him nowadays but more than the eyepopping pure velocity, his fastball also had sharp movement. At least he went in a deal for a really good pitcher like Sale.

I think Kopech had moved ahead of Giolito in some of the prospect rankings by the time of their trades but by now, it clearly looks like Kopech is ahead. Giolito has yet to regain the mid to upper nineties velocity he had before last season as he's been mostly 90-93 thus far and his curveball has yet to look like an 80 grade pitch.
   2. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:51 AM (#5419509)
I have to say that video this winter of Kopech running up and rowing the ball as hard as he could...that worried me a bit. It's cool and all but cranking up to try and throw 108 or whatever it was in December just seems like a guy begging to hurt himself.

Despite some of the off field stuff the stories I read about him when he was with the correct Sox were pretty positive. Whatever mistakes he made he always said the right things and seemed to be accountable. I hope he can make it happen.
   3. puck Posted: March 19, 2017 at 12:13 PM (#5419517)
How are his command and other pitches? He doesn't have the crazy K rates that you'd expect of a guy who throws so hard and supposedly has secondary pitches. Were they making him hold some pitches back and work on others, like a changeup?
   4. Norcan Posted: March 19, 2017 at 03:09 PM (#5419570)
Kopech's K/9 in 55 inning High-A ball innings was 14.2 too. I think that's in the crazy high category.
   5. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: March 19, 2017 at 04:30 PM (#5419590)
Command is a bit of an issue but as I recall his slider was considered a potentially above average pitch. He's young enough that there is plenty of time for him to evolve. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point he gets reined in a bit on the velocity to add location and/or movement.

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