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White Sox's Michael Kopech, who last pitched in 2018, to make spring debut

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Chicago White Sox right-handed pitching prospect Michael Kopech is set to make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday in his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018.cheap nfl nike jersey

Kopech, ranked as the No. 16 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by ESPN's Kiley McDaniel, is scheduled to start the game and pitch one inning against the Texas Rangers.6

"I feel like I've taken it pretty much day by day, step by step, the way I wanted to," Kopech told reporters, according to MLB.com. "I mean, the closer we got to closing in on it, I started to feel a little more anxious, a little more excited, a little more worked up -- in a good way, though, just because I hadn't been out there in so long. So it's a lot of excitement going on for me.

"I've been a normal guy all camp. I just haven't pitched as much. I've thrown bullpens on schedule, thrown my live BPs. I feel like a part of the team, just now actually get to really feel like it."cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Kopech is known for his high-velocity fastball that can reach as high as 100 mph, but he says he's now more comfortable with his secondary pitches and is "focused on pitching rather than throwing."

The White Sox acquired Kopech from the Boston Red Sox in the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. The 23-year-old made four starts for the White Sox in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA.

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