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 pitching coach Ethan Katz said that right-hander Michael Kopech's (knee) rehab from knee surgery is a bit more gradual than expected, but the team still expects him to be ready for spring training. Kopech will finish at five innings and 85 pitches before his first outing of the 2023 regular season. The 26-year-old also dealt with a right shoulder injury to close out last season, but his knee injury is the one we'll be monitoring closely as spring training approaches. Expect the White Sox to keep a short leash on him early in 2023 as he recovers from the knee procedure. In his first full big-league season in 2022, Kopech went 5-9 with a 3.54 ERA (4.49 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, 105 strikeouts and 57 walks in 119 1/3 frames over 25 starts.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech (knee) underwent surgery on his right knee Thursday. He had surgery on Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. The 26-year-old will be ready for Spring Training without limitations. He's dealt with multiple injuries over his career and has made only 29 starts over the last two seasons. Kopech finishes the 2022 season with a 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 105:57 K: BB across 119 1.3 innings. Fantasy managers should consider Kopech a high-upside pick in the middle-to-late round selection in upcoming 2023 fantasy drafts.
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.
Chicago White Sox starter Michael Kopech had a baffling 2022 season. He posted a solid 3.54 ERA and 1.19 WHIP but posted a head-scratching 21.3% strikeout rate and could only muster five wins in 25 starts. Kopech's typically nasty slider had 2.5 inches below average of horizontal movement, and its whiff rate went from 36% in 2021 to 21.3% this season. The 26-year-old's flamethrower fastball lost 2.4 MPH (97.3 MPH to 94.9 MPH) and 6.1 percentage points in whiff rate from last season. Kopech could always find the strikeout stuff that made him a top prospect, but there are definitely concerns. His run prevention helped mitigate the low punch-out numbers, but don't count on that again in 2023. Kopech ran a .223 BABIP and 9.4% HR/FB, so there will be a jump in that department, especially considering his 15th-percentile average exit velocity and 24th-percentile barrel rate from 2022. And considering the righty's career 9.8% walk rate, he'll hardly be a help in WHIP. Kopech will be another year older and another year removed from his 2018 Tommy John surgery, but he's never thrown more than 134.1 innings as a professional. He averaged just 4.77 innings per start this year, so fantasy managers should be weary of his volume output in 2023 and, subsequently, his victory total. Kopech still has a high ceiling, but Steamer projects him for a 4.57 ERA and 23.1% strikeout rate. Those numbers make his cost (309 ADP) a bit too high for the former first-rounder's potential.