SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Salem Red Sox pitcher, Michael Kopech, garnered plenty of national attention on social media last week, when his fast ball clocked in at 105 miles per hour.
The 20-year-old has had an interesting start to his career. He's been suspended before for using a stimulant, not considered a PED, and most recently, he's had to work his way back from a broken hand that he suffered in a fight with a roommate.
But he says he hopes his recent fastball will put more attention on his actions on the field, rather than what's happened off of it.
"They were telling me about it," said Kopech. "They saw 105 on the gun, and then saw it on the gun in front of them, and the people in front of them turned around and said, 'Did you see that?' They were like, 'Yeah, we got the same thing.' I think everybody was a little shocked to see that number pop up, but I try not to pay too much attention to it. It's good to know my name is out there for a good reason right now, but I hope people look at me as a pitcher now, and not the immature kid that they've been looking at me as. I'm out here trying to prove myself right, but there's a lot of people I want to prove wrong. My focus right now is to pitch, and hopefully, everyone sees that."