White Sox Option Michael Kopech To Triple-A

Kopech is expected to be a key member of the team's rotation sometime this season.

670 The Score Staff
March 26, 2020 - 12:12 pm

(670 The Score) In an expected move, the White Sox optioned right-hander Michael Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced Thursday.

Kopech, 23, is expected to be a key member of the White Sox's rotation at some point this season, but the organization wants to manage his workload as he returns to MLB action after missing all the the 2019 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had in September 2018. Kopech hasn't logged more than 140 2/3 innings in a season in his career, and the White Sox want him to remain fresh late in a campaign in which they hope to contend.

Kopech posted a 5.02 ERA and flashed his electric arsenal in four starts in his debut stretch in 2018 before being sidelined. He has carried the mindset that he has to earn a spot in the rotation.

"There's things I have to do and there's things I have to re-prove after surgery," Kopech said in January. "That's not me asking for pity. That's just me seeing how it is and looking forward to taking advantage of that competitive side of me."

On March 10, Kopech made his Cactus League debut, facing big league hitters for the first time since 2018. He impressed by throwing a scoreless inning and hitting 100 miles per hour on the radar gun.