White Sox roster takeaways: With Kopech, Rodon, starting rotation looks loaded

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There will be a lot to sort through over the next few weeks, but here are some initial takeaways from the 44-man pool the White Sox announced Monday.
It's beginning to feel more like baseball season. Maybe.

At least Monday morning brought a little excitement as the White Sox announced an initial 44-man player pool for the modified "Summer Camp" that will officially begin Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field. Sixteen additional players can be added to the pool of 60 players available to the White Sox this season, but only 30 will make the major league roster that will be used to play regular-season games set to begin on either July 23 or 24.

There will be a lot to sort through over the next few weeks, but here are some initial takeaways from the 44-man pool announced Monday.

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Starting rotation looks loaded

If Carlos Rodon and Michael Kopech are able to pitch without limitations, then the White Sox's starting rotation will be stacked. Had the season started on time, the expectation was that Kopech would already be in Chicago by now, with Rodon potentially in the mix by July or August.

When we last left the White Sox in March, Kopech was fresh off a dazzling spring debut in which he touched 100 miles per hour with ease. He was set to start the season in Triple-A Charlotte for some seasoning, but without minor league games available, you'd think there's a realistic shot he is on the White Sox Opening Day roster

"We talked about where Michael was in spring training and about how impressed we were as to how he came out of the gate despite the layoff," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said last week. "Hopefully he's still in that spot when we all get together in Chicago. He's certainly someone who could make a real impact for us over the course of 60 games."

As for Rodon, he was in Arizona continuing to rehab during the hiatus, and it sure sounds like he's close to returning. His progress over the next few weeks will determine a lot.

So theoretically, by July 23, the White Sox could have Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Dylan Cease, Reynaldo Lopez, Gio Gonzalez, Carlos Rodon and Michael Kopech ready to start games. A six-man rotation might make sense to help reduce injury concerns off the hiatus, but even then it…
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