Texas sports ‘outcast’ Michael Kopech now on White Sox fast track – Chicago Tribune

An athletically gifted teenager growing up in northeast Texas seemingly has one destiny: Play high school football under the glare of Friday night lights.

For Michael Kopech, however, it was always about throwing a ball with stitches rather than one with laces.

That obsession helped turned Kopech into one of baseball’s top prospects and the pitcher with a thunderbolt in his right arm is a key component of the White Sox’s rebuild.

“I was kind of outcast in high school for not playing football,” Kopech said after making his debut with Triple-A Charlotte last week in Norfolk. “The head coach was asking me every year to play football and I had my goals set already from a young age and stuck with baseball. So far I like to think it’s working out.”