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During the 2022 season, the Chicago White Sox took the first step in finally turning Michael Kopech into a full-time starter. The big Texan struggled through some injuries but showed signs of dominance. He began the season on an innings limit and did so with good reason. Kopech was limited to just 70 innings in 2021 after missing 2020 and 2019. His 2022 campaign ended early when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Michael Kopech's 2022 Season

Michael Kopech tossed 119.1 innings with 105 strikeouts and posted a 1.190 WHIP. His BB/9 figure was up and his K/9 total was down compared to 2021. Kopech dealt with a handful of injuries that may have contributed to some of his more laborious starts. He exited two different starts early because of injuries, but the young righty was dominant before his first IL stint.

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In his first 10 starts, Kopech posted a 1.94 ERA and .941 WHIP. He simply wasn't the same pitcher afterward and posted a 4.98 ERA the rest of the way. On June 12 vs. the Texas Rangers, he exited with a knee strain after recording just two outs. Kopech landed on the IL due to a knee strain on Aug. 23 after he exited his prior game after facing just four hitters.

Kopech returned to make two more starts but went back on the IL, where he spent the rest of the season due to shoulder inflammation. Following the conclusion of the season, he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Nevertheless, Kopech made 25 starts in 2022 and the results were not out of the ordinary for a first-year starter.

Final Grade: C-

What's On Tap Next?

The key to Michael Kopech's 2023 season will be his ability to bounce back from knee issues. In the early part of 2022, Kopech showed us how dominant he can be when healthy. The Chicago White Sox still expect big things out of the promising young righty.