Every week I will highlight an MLB prospect that you should know. The point of this is to make you look like you know what the fuck you’re talking about in a few weeks when Spring Training starts. Yeah, I know the Cubs are the best team around, but I’m starting with a guy that’s on the other side of town. Meet Michael Kopech.
Name: Michael Kopech
Team: Chicago White Sox
-Fastball clocked at 105MPH by multiple guns
-Drafted by Boston traded to White Sox for Chris Sale
-Top 100 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus in 2016
-Emerged as a truly elite player during the Arizona Fall League
-11.9 strikeouts per 9 innings in minors with a 2.61 ERA
MLB comparison: Looks like Noah Syndergaard. Plays like Roger Clemens. This guy is a fierce competitor and plain and simple is in it to win.
This guy is going to be a monster for years to come. His upside is as high as it gets. He looks to be a true top of the rotation ace. He’s teaming up with legendary pitching coach Don Cooper this spring and basically, everyone is drooling to see how it goes. Cooper has said multiple times that he loves what he sees in Kopech and Old Don isn’t one to bullshit. He needs to improve his control a little bit and with some work, his secondary pitches will be elite.
Don’t listen to the haters, this guy has a great work ethic and will succeed. Yep. He broke his hand in a fight during spring training. Big deal. I know a guy that broke his hand punching a chicken coop. Yep. He got hit with a bogus 50 game suspension for an illegal supplement which promotes weight loss. Who cares? I’ve taken Hydroxycut before and it didn’t make me throw any faster. The bottom line is go out and be the first guy to buy his jersey, in a few months everyone is going to be asking where you bought it at.
Fastball: 95-100 mph. Topped out at 105. Explosive pitch with great life and some sinking
movement. As good as it gets. Needs some help with his control, but Cooper is confident he
can fix this. Slider: 86-90 mph. Greatly improved, showed wipeout potential and bat-missing ability.
Slider: 86-90 mph. Greatly improved, showed wipeout potential and bat-missing ability. Can’t wait to see what Don Cooper can do with this pitch.
Changeup: 85-88 mph. Some drop. Good arm action needs to improve consistency with arm speed. Still a work in progress.
Curveball: 79-82 mph.
Good rotation, but has been used in limited situations. Really curious to
see how the White Sox proceed with this pitch.
My projected MLB The Show 17 Ratings:
His girl: 10/10
Brielle Zolciak-Biermann is the daughter of Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who starred on Real
Housewives of Atlanta and had her own spin-off, Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding. She is
currently married to Kroy Biermann.