Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech joined a growing list of MLB players in opting out of the 2020 season this evening. The White Sox released a statement announcing Kopech's decision.
"Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision not to participate in the 2020 season. We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive," the statement read. "We will work with Micheal to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season."
Kopech made four appearances for the White Sox in 2018, striking out 15 batters in 14.1 innings pitched and finishing with a 5.02 ERA. He missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late 2018.
Kopech has been a highly-touted prospect throughout his career, and is currently the third-highest prospect in the White Sox' system.
The White Sox also announced that Yoan Moncada and Jose Ruiz have been placed on the 10-day injured list.
Chicago begins the season July 24 at home against the Twins.