19-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Kopech is one of Bostonís better pitching prospects at the lower levels of the organization, projecting as a No. 2 starter if it all clicks for him. He was given a challenging assignment to Low-A Gree...
Michael Kopech Contract Information:
Signed with the Red Sox for $1.5 million in June of 2014.
Kopech, 19, has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine, MLB Pipeline reports.
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBarnes, Matt (P)
AAABautista, Denny (P)
AACornely, John (P)
A+Ball, Trey (P)
ABasabe, Luis Alexander (OF)
RookieAcosta, Christopher (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Kopech was the second of Boston's two first-round picks in the 2014 draft. Coming out of high school, he was immediately assigned to the Gulf Coast League, where he held opponents to a measly .216 average and .255 slugging percentage. His problems with control and command were evident -- nine walks in 13.2 innings -- but his mid-90s heater (touching 97-98 mph) was effective against other rookies. Kopech has a lot of moving parts to his delivery, but has already worked to correct some of that. His secondary pitches are works in progress, but his raw stuff gives him a high ceiling if it can be harnessed. The Red Sox may challenge him at Low-A Greenville in 2015 for his first full-season assignment.