Rebuilds are no easy task. They are long and arduous, but in the end patience pays off. The White Sox are in the first year of their “rebuild”and even though it’s only a spring training game, the White Sox still have a long way to go.
After losing 7-3 on Friday to their crosstown rival, the Chicago Cubs, they look to put it behind them and move onto the next one. The White Sox were able to score three runs, but were just outplayed by the Cubs in every facet.
Kyle Schwarber led the offense for the Cubs going 2-4 with a home run and three RBI. Nicky Delmonico hit the White Sox only home run of the game, while Yoan Moncada singled in one run, and Leury Garcia grounded out in the ninth to bring in the other run. Although not much happened for the South Sider’s, there was the one player that stood out.
Michael “Thor” Kopech had a strong outing in today’s performance. It gives White Sox fans hope that there is something to look forward to after today’s brutal demise. Kopech’s stat line against the defending World Series champions was extremely good.
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) March 17, 2017
MLB. com has Kopech is currently the third best prospect in the White Sox farm system, only behind Lucas Giolito at #2 and Yoan Moncada at #1. Kopech is known for his extreme heat on his fastball, and has been compared to Noah Syndergaard because of that.
During today’s performance, Kopech was able to throw a 102 MPH for one of his pitches. A lot of people see Kopech as a future reliever, but Kopech will only begin to start slowly developing into a full-time starter in the majors. It doesn’t matter to him what role he plays on the big league roster as long as he can help make a significant contribution for the team.
“I’ll do whatever I can to contribute to the team,” Kopech said. “I’d rather start, but it’s not up to me. It’s up to the team. If I can help the team in the bullpen, that’s what I will do.”
With that comment, it shows that Kopech is a team first guy. It’s good to have players on a ball club that put the team first, because it shows that a player truly loves the game. This progress made by Kopech is just another stepping stone for this ball club to start competing again.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 17, 2017