Michael Kopech strong again, but he's still looking for first win in 2018

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago
<p>After an up-and-down spring, Michael Kopech dominated in his first regular-season start with Triple-A Charlotte, striking out eight hitters in four innings.</p>

Spotty spring yields to dominant debut for White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech

After an up-and-down spring, Michael Kopech dominated in his first regular-season start with Triple-A Charlotte, striking out eight hitters in four innings.

Michael Kopech is still without a win at Triple-A Charlotte, but he was once again strong in his second outing of the season.

Kopech allowed just one run over six innings Saturday night, though he didn't get the "W" as the Knights' bullpen - including Juan Minaya, who the White Sox sent down just last weekend - imploded and allowed nine runs in a 10-5 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kopech struck out three to up his K total to 11, while giving up five hits and walking a pair of hitters. After four shutout innings in his first start of the regular season, Kopech's ERA sits at 0.90.

The White Sox top-ranked pitching prospect and the No. 10 prospect in baseball, Kopech's every start is of great interest to rebuild-loving White Sox fans who are hoping to see Kopech and his 100 mph fastball on the South Side as soon as possible.

General manager Rick Hahn has indicated on numerous occasions that Kopech won't be brought up until he is ready and that the White Sox pitching situation at the big league level will have no bearing on when Kopech gets promoted. That could include Kopech staying at Triple-A all season after making just three starts at that level at the end of last season. Or, Kopech could force his way to the majors by dominating at Triple-A.

He has plenty to work on after an up-and-down spring training that saw him finish his Cactus League schedule with an ERA north of 11.00. But certainly he's off to a great start in the regular season.

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