His only significant downside is a major one – the inability to remain active for an entire summer. Each of his first three professional seasons ended prematurely due to shoulder ailments, for which the 24-year-old right-hander had addressed surgically on multiple occasions.
Healthy and productive in 2010, Kopp had a strong introduction to Double-A. Despite his worst outing of the season in his last Springfield appearance on June 17, five earned runs in four innings, Kopp ended his 13-start stint there with an 8-1 record and a 3.08 ERA. That was good enough for a berth on the Texas League All-Star team.
With a number of variables in play with regard to the rotations in St. Louis and Memphis, Kopp was summoned to Memphis on Monday. He has yet to make his Triple-A debut and it remains unclear how long he will remain with the Redbirds.
In between his final two starts for Springfield and prior to his promotion, I spoke at length with Kopp about his many rehabs and of course, his pitching.
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