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Former Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech, who was part of Chris Sale trade, is having tough year

Ryan Hannable
June 20, 2018 - 12:05 pm

A few years ago, right-hander Michael Kopech was one of the top prospects in the entire Red Sox organization. His fastball was consistently close to 100 MPH and he was striking out hitters at a historic pace, but then in December of 2016 he was included in the trade with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

Last year, Kopech spent most of his time in Double-A before finishing the year in Triple-A. In 25 starts between the two teams, he went 9-8 with a 2.88 ERA, while striking out 172 batters in 134 1/3 innings and walked 65.

This year, and especially of late, it's been a tough go for the 22-year-old in Triple-A.

In his last start, Kopech went just three innings, allowed five runs on just two hits because he walked eight and hit two batters. Of his 86 pitches, he threw only 35 strikes. In his last 10 starts, he's thrown 47 1/3 innings and has an ERA of 6.08, while walking 37 and striking out 61.

For the year he's 2-5 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts. In 62 1/3 innings he's struck out 82 hitters, but has walked 42. 

Kopech's biggest issue with the Red Sox was the number of walks he was allowing, but at the time of the trade to the White Sox it seemed like he was getting better. Clearly after two years in the White Sox organization it hasn't. It's even worse this year, as only half way through the season he's walked 42 hitters after walking 65 all of last year.

The other big piece in the trade -- Yoan Moncada -- is slashing .230/.304/.409 in 64 games in the big leagues this year.

While it is much too soon to judge the overall trade, things are looking pretty good for Dave Dombrowski and Co.

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