Michael Kopech Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/30/1996 (26)
Michael Kopech Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Michael Kopech News
The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Michael Kopech on the paternity list on Tuesday and selected the contract of right-hander Davis Martin from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. The team also recalled right-hander Kyle Crick from Charlotte for the doubleheader and moved left-hander Garrett Crochet to the 60-day injured list. Kopech will be away from the team for at least three days, so he could make his next scheduled start on Friday against the New York Yankees. The 26-year-old has been lights-out in seven starts with a 1.54 ERA and 33 K's in 35 innings. Martin will make his big-league debut in Game 2 against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, but he's expected to head right back to the minors after the start.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech has been a revelation to start the season, but he could not avoid a loss on Sunday against the New York Yankees. Kopech allowed three runs on one hit and four walks in six innings while striking out three batters. It was his first quality start, and decision of any kind, this year. With a 1.54 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through seven starts, Kopech clearly deserves better than his 0-1 record. A 33-17 K-BB rate leaves plenty to be desired but Kopech has managed to strand plenty of those free passes on base, and it looks like a major breakout is developing.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech has looked like the player fantasy managers were hoping for through his first two starts of the season. The 26-year-old has compiled a 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 23.5% strikeout rate against the Tigers and the Rays. It is a small sample size and Kopech will likely have his innings monitored as the season progresses, but he looks to be continuing where he left off after a strong 2021 season. He will look to keep things going in his next matchup, likely a decent one at the Twins.
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.