Michael Kopech — who topped out at 105 mph in his previous start — struck out nine batters over five innings in High-A Salem’s 7-2 loss to Potomac on Monday.
Kopech allowed two runs, just one earned run, three hits and three walks.
The runs he allowed were the first two he has given up this season between three starts at Salem and one start at Lowell.
He has 23 strikeouts in 14 innings for Salem. He allowed eight hits and seven walks. He has a 1.07 WHIP, 0.64 ERA and .170 opponent batting average.
The 2014 first-round draft pick, who signed with Boston for $1.678 million, missed the first two months with a fractured hand. He broke the hand in a fight with his roommate during spring training.
Aaron McFarling of The Roanoke Times reported that Kopech topped out at 99.7 mph:
Michael Kopech 9 Ks thru 5 (almost assuredly end of his outing). 3 Hs, 3 BBs, 2 R (1 ER). Fastest pitch: 99.7 mph, per TrackMan
— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) July 19, 2016
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