Michael Kopech

Born: 04/30/1996 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#33 overall), 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS); Traded to CWS 12/6/2016
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: July 30th, 2016
Dates Seen: 7/28
Level: High A
Affiliate: Salem Red Sox
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Physical Description
Slender, athletic frame. Slightly rolled shoulders. Present lower-half strength, has some room to fill out some.
Mechanical Notes
Medium arm circle with hook in back; has some athletic effort through the slot with extension. Abbreviated windup with high leg lift, drop and drive, and pronounced cross-body action.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2019 45 55 Role 55: #4 Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 70 70 95-99 100 Big life in the zone, late two-seam tail/sink to arm side. Extends and gets it glove side well; will get plus late life down. Flattens out up in the zone with occasional ride.
Big life in the zone, late two-seam tail/sink to arm side. Extends and gets it glove side well; will get plus late life down. Flattens out up in the zone with occasional ride.
Slider
Slider 45 60 86-90 91 Inconsistent break, but ingredients there to be plus. Will get shallow, sweepy at times, but arm action plays it up. Got better deeper into outing; best one shows 3/4 depth with late bite for put-away. Learning to add/subtract; see more consistency coming.
Inconsistent break, but ingredients there to be plus. Will get shallow, sweepy at times, but arm action plays it up. Got better deeper into outing; best one shows 3/4 depth with late bite for put-away. Learning to add/subtract; see more consistency coming.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 88-89 89 Circle fade with occasional hard dive. Inconsistent feel, but arm action plays it up. All arm side; used sparingly. Third pitch and still a work in progress. Has ability to extend, arm works well so can see his feel improving as he throws it more.
Circle fade with occasional hard dive. Inconsistent feel, but arm action plays it up. All arm side; used sparingly. Third pitch and still a work in progress. Has ability to extend, arm works well so can see his feel improving as he throws it more.
Overall Command
Overall Command 30 40  
Overall Control
Overall Control 30 45  
Overall Summary
Athletic RHSP with elite fastball and a chance for a plus slider. Heavy w/ fastball usage, aggressive. Shows he has an idea on the mound, attempts to work fastball to both sides and drive down in zone, but lacks consistent execution right now. Big margin for error in the zone due to the velo and late life. Ability to generate plus life when down, and the good extension suggests potential for consistent location to glove side. Can be deliberate at times and will miss up and out over plate with the offering. Slider is inconsistent, but gaining feel; gets on side of it giving it some sweep. Got stronger with slider later in outing and showed late bite, depth. Really has to back off to locate, backs up on him at times, but arm speed gives some margin for error. High fly-ball rate is mildly concerning. Overpowering hitters now, so changeup used sparingly at High A level. Showed two good ones with solid velo separation; even at fringe average it will be a weapon vs. LHH. Will need to show he can use slider in the zone and develop changeup to stick in the rotation. Control over command guy; if he can limit the walks, margin for error in the zone will play up his below-average command.