AL Central: Can Kopech thrive in relief role?

Chicago White Sox

It has been a while since we last checked in on the bullpen situation, but as we got to Opening Day, there is still no clarity on the hierarchy. Let's take an update look at the current candidates for late-inning chances. 

Michael Kopech (RHP, CHW) has been a popular name since the announcement that he'll pitch out of the pen, where his stuff can play up. He was stretching out as a starter early in spring and issued 6 BB in 7 IP over his first three outings, then registered a 5/1 K/BB once he shifted to single inning stints, though Thursday's outing was not a clean one. The sample was extremely small, but it's not too hard to envision him running with the closer gig.

Another big arm in the team's relief corps is Jordan...


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