Chicago White Sox rookie starter Michael Kopech is the best young pitcher that's come through the organization in quite some time, and just like every young gun, it's good to have a mentor in the clubhouse.
Just like David Price had with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2008, Kopech has veteran hurler James Shields right by his side helping him along the way.
David Price's mentor now taking Michael Kopech under his wing https://t.co/xINGatlIe8— WEEI (@WEEI) August 31, 2018
"He has always wanted to get better, always wanted to learn and try to be the best," said Shields of Price. "They are very similar. They are both competitive baseball players. It’s really fun to watch."
James Shields picked up Michael Kopech at his hotel yesterday, drove him to the ballpark to throw with him. #mentor— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 21, 2018
While Price and Kopech are two different pitchers, Shields lauded both of them for their competitiveness on the mound and how hard they word to work on their craft.
"It’s tough to compare the two because they are two completely different pitchers. But their competitiveness and how hard each one of them work is very impressive," Shields said. "They are very similar in that respect. Kopech works his butt off every single day and tries to get better at his craft. He’s very mature for his age. He’s really trying to become a pitcher instead of a hard thrower."
I thought Shields was a trade candidate but seeing him on the bench with Kopech is a reminder he is super coach-y as well and is evidently quite good at it— Nicklaus Beeps (@Nick_BPSS) August 26, 2018
Shields is an accomplished pitcher in his own right, but he might be known more for what he did at several stops to help the young pitchers. You look at what he did for the Rays and then the Kansas City Royals and now what he's doing with the young guys for Chicago, Shields might find himself being a big league coach at some point.