Everyone knows Michael Kopech throws insanely hard. Now, we know he also has elite spin rate. In his 1st inning, Kopech's 4-seamer averaged *2,629 rpm.* MLB average is 2,262 rpm. Justin Verlander, the highest-spin starter, is averaging 2,613 rpm. He's gonna get a lot of whiffs.
I agree on the first start.If I were a Sox fan, I'd be 100% ok with Kopech's start getting rained out. I have to think that debut innings are high stress innings no matter what. He's already up near his IP from last year, so just get him enough to be confident for next year.
To put an Underwood saying on Timmy.....He needs to be an everyday guy. He shows flashes like he just did in New York, of what his speed and energy can do to impact a game. He has put in a ton of work to be an MLB shortstop. If it all starts to click for him, he can be a major player in this lineup when it all comes together. But he needs to clean up some of the mental lapses he seems to have.
Resembling a major league team of late.
20-18 post AS break. Not too shabby. Color me hyped.With Anderson, Moncada, Rodon, & Gio all clicking at the same time like this it's hard not to get excited about the remote possibility this all comes together as planned in the near future.
https://fancredsports.com/articles/jon-heyman-eloy-jimenezs-camp-unhappy-hes-unlike“How can you say with a straight face this guy needs to work on anything?” wondered Kinzer, the president of Rep1 baseball agency. “What’s he need to work on?”
Montes De Oca, referencing a late-July comment from ChiSox GM Rick Hahn about how both top prospects have a “checklist” they need to fulfill, said, “I don’t see what boxes he needs to check to be called up … except for service time.”
An extra year of control is worth it, plain and simple. It's not as if the Sox are trailblazers here. Jimenez has 7 years to get over it (or not).Eloy's camp upset with him not getting the call.
We could easily do something like this after the season ends. The Rays ended up saving money in the long run with Evan Longoria after calling him up early like we want with Eloy.An extra year of control is worth it, plain and simple. It's not as if the Sox are trailblazers here. Jimenez has 7 years to get over it (or not).