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Friday, September 07, 2018

White Sox rookie Michael Kopech likely to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss 2019 due to torn UCL

Michael Kopech had recently joined the Chicago White Sox rotation after years of being heralded as a top prospect. Four starts into his big-league career, he’d shown some of why he’s considered a potential future front-of-the-rotation starter.

Unfortunately, Kopech will miss the rest of the season and potentially all of 2019 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and likely undergoing Tommy John surgery, per the team:

jobu Posted: September 07, 2018 at 06:45 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: the sky is blue, tinstaapp, tommy john surgery, white sox

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   1. Rally Posted: September 07, 2018 at 07:19 PM (#5740733)
This is depressing. My immediate reaction to this news is worse than how I took the Ohtani news. I’m trying to figure out why, as an Angels fan who doesn’t even like the Sox.

1. To some degree I’ve been expecting the Ohtani news. He hadn’t pitched in months, he had some UCL damage before he signed. And as an Angel pitcher he would have felt weird being the only guy who had not gone through TJ.

2. We can still watch Ohtani hit. I doubt Kopech can help the White Sox as a DH

3. Kopech really looked like a guy who figured it out. From April to June he walked 52 batters in 79 minor league innings. He was getting worse as the season progressed, 27 walks in 28 June innings. Then all of a sudden the strike zone became his. Since then he only walked 10 batters in 61 innings, including his promotion where he faced more dangerous hitters with a better idea of the strike zone. He walked only 1 guy while striking out 36 in August.

I was kind of wondering if this was going to be one of those great moments when a pitcher with incredible stuff figured things out, like when Randy Johnson had his famous chat with Nolan Ryan, or Sandy Koufax learned to just relax and trust his stuff. Now he’ll have to figure things out all over again in 2020. Good luck, Michael.
   2. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: September 07, 2018 at 07:22 PM (#5740734)
We gotta just switch to pitching machines.
   3. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: September 07, 2018 at 07:35 PM (#5740736)
I've typed like 10k words on this on Soxtalk in the last hour. I got nothing more to post here other than what I sent my buddy via text:

I'm tired of sports.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5740860)
As a Red Sox fan who was excited about Kopech and Moncada, but was fine with trading them both to get a talent like Sale, this news is so disappointing. He really looked like he was figuring it all out (and he may, anyway...just in 2020).

But with Moncada having historic K rates (though with power and walks, and he is just 23), and this Kopech news, it makes Dombrowski's willingness to deal prospects for proven talent look pretty smart.

This trade involved about as strong a pair of elite prospects as you'll find in an MLB trade in this era - Moncada and Kopech have exceptionally high upsides. But Sale is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, on a contract that earned him $38 million over three years, and Boston is going to win 105 games with him as their ace. No matter what happens, it is hard to say the Red Sox didn't make the right move.

But just because I want my Red Sox to win every trade doesn't mean we should root for the prospects we trade away to fail. Kopech and Moncada are fun, young players - and the game is better when players like them succeed.

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