How White Sox plan to use Michael Kopech, Garrett Crochet in bullpen

Garrett Crochet was inspired by Michael Kopech before he even met him.

“Michael’s the guy I knew from college,” said Crochet on Saturday. “I saw a young man throw hard and he was jacked up.

“I wanted to go to college and throw hard and be jacked up.”

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Both throwers are now throwing hard, two fireballs that the White Sox envision as long-term supports in their starting rotations. However, your starting days may not be fully reached before 2022. At the moment, they are potentially dominant weapons from the White Sox bullpen.

Crochet figures to stay there for the entire 2021 campaign, after being blinded by Batter with three-digit heat at the end of last season and jumping straight from the draft into the big leagues without professional experience. The story of Kopech is slightly different: White Sox manager Tony La Russa says the right-hander may change his role over the course of the 2021 season, leaving Kopech leaving the door open to appear both from the bullpen and as a member of the spin.

But when the season kicks off on April 1st, both Crochet and Kopech La Russa will be available as large-capacity weapons. Creepy.

How he wants to use it, he revealed on Saturday.

“I think Michael will most likely be used in situations where he’s going to pitch more (than just one inning at a time),” said La Russa. “If it’s just one, that’s fine, he’ll come back sooner. But he wouldn’t hesitate with his starter arsenal.”

“Right now, crochet is a valuable part of the final third of the game, so the odds of you being stretched beyond an inning must have some circumstance where it makes sense. But it would be an exception.”

This is in contrast to what members of the White Sox front office projected before the spring began, with General Manager Rick Hahn describing Crochet’s potential role as “perhaps a multi-inning weapon down there.” Plans are subject to change, of course, and La Russa will manage the bullpen every night. While the thought of Crochet as a multi-inning superweapon, a la Andrew Miller during his glory days with the Cleveland Indians, is indeed tempting, that 101 mile and hour fire will be very effective when La Russa makes him part of the Setups include -man mix in front of all-star sewer Liam Hendriks.

As for Kopech, the idea that, to borrow from La Russa’s words, the White Sox “develop him as a starter” goes well with using him in a multi-inning support role. That puts Kopech in more innings towards his possible turn as a starting pitcher, and could do so fast enough to put him in as a starter in 2021 if the team wants to do things like that.

Regardless of what turned out to be a loaded pen – with Hendriks, Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall, Codi Heuer, and Matt Foster – all involved – now has two more incredibly electric arms, one more support in finding that unit, “Elite.” ” to be. in 2021, helping the White Sox meet their championship-level expectations.

And the two take turns impressing each other.

Kopech announced last week that the two teamed up at the daily catch games at White Sox camp, shedding light on what is perhaps the most painful catch game in baseball. Both throwers throw incredibly hard, with Kopech admitting that he “has already been through a pair of gloves”.

On Saturday, after his first appearance in the Cactus League in the spring, Crochet intervened and said, “It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.”

But it’s what they’re doing on the hill that blinded almost everyone at the White Sox camp this spring, and they’re no exception.

“Guy’s bad guy,” Kopech said of Crochet. “I don’t know what to say about him except that I’m very, very impressed with him. … He’s got more than just a fastball. People already know that. Changeup is just as good. He’s going to be part of them Future of this team, that’s for sure. … Having him in our bullpen and ultimately as a starter will be a big step for us. It’s exciting to watch and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we do. “see again.”

“I’m grateful that I can now play tag with him and take advice from him day in and day out,” said Crochet of Kopech. “He’s an incredibly hard worker and I’m definitely lucky to have worked with him.”

That’s the future of the White Sox rotation right there. And the gift of the White Sox bullpen.

As these two play a more important role in the pitching team over time, a new motto could emerge:

“Throw hard and get jacked.”

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