Michael Kopech Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/30/1996 (26)
Michael Kopech Season Stats
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Michael Kopech News
Chicago White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo thinks that right-hander Michael Kopech (shoulder) is unlikely to pitch again this season with the team eliminated from postseason contention. There are only nine games left in the season for the White Sox, and it doesn't make sense to rush Kopech back with nothing left to play for. The 26-year-old will finish his 2022 campaign with a 5-9 record, 3.54 ERA (4.50 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, a career-high 105 strikeouts and 57 walks in 119 1/3 innings over his 25 starts for the Pale Hose in his first full season as a starting pitcher. Before the 2022 season, Kopech had only made eight starts for the White Sox in the major leagues.
The Chicago White Sox placed pitcher Michael Kopech (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list Saturday due to shoulder inflammation. According to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, there is no long-term concern with Kopech. It's possible the 26-year-old will not pitch again this season. Chicago is still in the playoff hunt, but it all depends on how Kopech's should respond next week. Kopech owns a 5-9 record with a 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and a 105:57 K: BB across 119 1/3 innings in 2022. Davis Martin was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
The Chicago White Sox reinstated starting pitcher Michael Kopech (knee) from the 15-day injured list on Wednesday and optioned right-hander Matt Foster to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. Kopech will start against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The 26-year-old had a minimal stay on the injured list due to a knee strain, and he's ready to go in a tough matchup against Seattle on the road. Interim manager Miguel Cairo also said that Kopech could be limited with his pitch count in his first start back, so he'll be extra risky for fantasy lineups on Wednesday. He's returning to a 3.58 ERA (4.44 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP and a 98:55 K:BB in 110 2/3 innings over his 23 starts for the Pale Hose this year.
In 2021, the Chicago White Sox utilized right-hander Michael Kopech out of the bullpen, save for four starts, none of which surpassed five innings. He rewarded the Sox, pitching to a 3.50 ERA with a 2.97 FIP, 1.13 WHIP, 36.1 K% and 8.4 BB% across 69.1 IP. Kopech owns a fastball that averaged 97.3 MPH and placed in the 98th percentile for spin rate and also employs a slider that generated whiffs 36% of the time last season. The two pitches helped lead him to a 32.8 Whiff%, good for the 88th percentile. Kopech isn't a ground-ball pitcher 36.5% of the batted balls in 2021 were on the ground and will give up his fair share of home runs after a 30th percentile Barrel%. However, he allowed hard contact just 35.7% of the time, en route to a 2.76 xERA. Even if Kopech's walk rate sits around 8%, the combination of strikeouts and weak contact will make up for it. No one questions his talent, as he would provide double-digit wins on the best team in the AL Central. However, there are volume concerns. The expectation is that he'll assume a role in the rotation in 2022, but he may be on an innings limit which will scare some fantasy managers away. Kopech's potential outweighs the risk and if he can start even 23 games (Steamer's projection), he can outperform his ADP of 167.