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The Chicago White Sox have optioned starting pitcher Michael Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte. Kopech is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but showed great command earlier this spring. With the White Sox hoping to compete this year, Kopech shouldnt be in the minors for too long. Kopech has high upside, but is likely to be on an innings limit this season. His upside makes him worthy a late selection in redraft leagues.
Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (hip) will be sidelined with a sore right hip. Encarnacion has already dealt with a back issue in camp and is expected back in a couple of days. The injuries are a bit of concern, but if Encarnacion can stay healthy, he is a good source of power in the middle of a good White Sox lineup in 2020. The slugger hit 34 home runs between the Mariners and Yankees in 2019.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech(elbow) showed great velocity in his return to the mound on Tuesday. Kopech, 23, is returning from Tommy John surgery, but looked stellar on Tuesday. Throwing 11 pitches, Kopech hit over 100 mph on six of them. Kopech was one of the top pitching prospects before being injured and is expected to begin the year in Triple-A. With the White Sox ready to compete in 2020, it shouldnt be long until Kopech is making an impact for the team. Owners should be excited for his strikeout potential, and his ceiling makes him a strong pick later in drafts, but there is a good chance that his innings will be limited.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal (head) exited Mondays contest early with a head injury. Madrigal was playing defense and dove for a grounder that hit off of his head. Madrigal was diagnosed with a bruise above his left eyebrow, but the good news is that he didnt show any signs of a concussion. The former first-round pick is competing for the White Sox second base job against Leury Garcia. Madrigal is expected to make his debut in 2020 and it is worth keeping an eye on. The second baseman is a contact hitter with a high ceiling who should be owned in dynasty leagues. His ceiling also makes him an intriguing option in redraft leagues. Madrigal hit .311 with four home runs, 55 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 120 games between Single-A and Triple-A in 2019.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada has agreed to a five-year extension to remain with the club. The new deal could potentially buy out two years of free agency. Moncada, 24, was once the top prospect in baseball and is coming off of a breakout 2019 season. The White Sox strong offseason continues and they have now locked up outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert in addition to Moncada to provide a strong core moving forward. Moncada is ranked number 41 by RotoBaller heading into drafts and his ability to help across the board gives him a high ceiling heading into 2020.