Michael Kopech was selected by the Red Sox 33rd overall in the 2014 draft out of high school and had a 2.25 ERA in 11 High-A starts last season. He's now with the White Sox organization after coming over as part of the deal that sent Chris Sale to Boston. Kopech can apparently throw some serious smoke, too. Here he is hitting 110 mph: Now, let's not overreact. Take note of the several step start and big crow hop. He doesn't get to do that on the mound. I'm picturing Aroldis Chapman hitting like 115 with these steps, but this is still some pretty ridiculous velocity. Kopech has struck out 172 hitters in 134 2/3 innings in the minors. He's only 20 years old and was ranked as the No. 89 prospect
Monday was a big day for the 2016 Chicago Cubs. President Obama welcomed them to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory, just days before he’ll be leaving office. In the speech he gave commemorating the visit, President Obama made a point to call out the many Cubs who made a difference to the team during the regular season and the postseason.
The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting is announced Wednesday night. Ivan Rodriguez, eligible for the first time, and Trevor Hoffman also could make it. But along with focusing on the electees, many will study the vote totals of tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy