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Michael Kopech is moving down the road to recovery.

The top-ranked pitching prospect in the White Sox organization is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and just took a significant step in Arizona, throwing for the first time since the procedure last September.

"Today's like the milestone, the first little hurdle to jump before everything starts to take off," Kopech said in the video. "Ultimately, a year from now, I know that I'm going to be better because of all of these minor tweaks, and these tweaks are what's going to make me the type of pitcher I want to become in the future, which is top-of-the-rotation caliber and the pitcher that helps us win a World Series."

That's got to be music to White Sox fans' ears and echoes a lot of the unsurprisingly confident comments Kopech made during SoxFest.

He said the goal is for the team to win the World Series in 2020 and expressed a great deal of optimism that he'll be a better pitcher on the other side of this process than he was before it.

Kopech is one of the highest-rated of the organization's bevy of prospects who are making the future incredible bright on the South Side.

The White Sox have been preaching patience for some time now, and waiting for Kopech to return from his recovery for the 2020 season will require more of it. But this has to be a welcome sight.

 

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