It’s a stretch to suggest any Red Sox minor-leaguer is untouchable heading into the offseason. But Michael Kopech might be as close as it comes.
The 20-year-old starred at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game Saturday, cruising through two innings while retiring three of his six batters on strikeouts. According to MLB.com, Kopech touched 100 mph five times.
“Pitching against the best guys in Minor League Baseball, it’s fun to compete with them and see how your stuff matches up,” Kopech told MLB.com. “I tried to mix in some changeups, mix in some sliders, change eye levels. Most guys try to sit on my fastball, so I tried my other pithes in early to throw them off and keep them off my fastball.”
Kopech leads the AFL with a strikeout rate of 11.6 K’s per nine innings. In four outings for the Suprise Saguaros, the righty has allowed three runs in 14 innings, striking out 18 while walking just one.