Kenny Koplove

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Kenny Koplove
Kansas City T-Bones – No. 6
Pitcher
Born: (1993-08-02) August 2, 1993 (age 25)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kenneth Scott Koplove (born August 2, 1993) is a right-handed professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

In high school, as a senior Koplove was named the 2012 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year. As a junior at Duke University in 2015, he struck out 37 batters in 25.1 innings, while setting the school's single-season record with 11 saves.

He was selected in the 17th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Koplove was on the roster of Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Early life[edit]

Koplove was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in South Philadelphia.[1] He is the son of Steve (an attorney) and Joni Koplove, and is Jewish.[2][3][4][5][6] He is the younger brother of former major league pitcher Mike Koplove, who is 17 years older.[7][8] He also has two older sisters; named Andrea and Erica.[2]

High school[edit]

Koplove played high school baseball for William Penn Charter School.[2] He was named 2009 Southeastern Pennsylvania Rookie of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Inter-Academic League (Inter-Ac High School League) Most Valuable Player.[2] He was then named the 2011 Southeastern Pennsylvania Top Junior Pitcher by the Pennsylvania Inquirer.[2]

As a senior in 2012, Koplove was 9-1 with a 2.06 ERA, and 80 strikeouts in 48.0 innings, and batted .347, and was named the 2012 Gatorade/ESPN Pennsylvania Player of the Year, as well as 2012 Rawlings Baseball First Team All-Atlantic Region.[9][2] He was three-time First-Team All-State and First-Team All Inter-Ac League.[2] His fastball reached 94 miles per hour.[10]

College[edit]

Koplove played shortstop and pitched in college for Duke University for the Blue Devils.[2] As a freshman in 2013, he started 45 games at shortstop, and pitched in three games.[2] He played for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League over the summer, batting .296 and making one relief appearance.[2] As a sophomore in 2014 he started 55 games at shortstop.[2] As a junior in 2015 he was the team's starting shortstop, starting 43 games, and primary closer, pitching 21 times in relief with a 2.13 ERA while striking out 37 batters in 25.1 innings, and setting the school's single-season record with 11 saves.[2][11]

Minor leagues[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Koplove was selected in the 17th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, and signed for a $75,000 signing bonus.[12][13]

In 2015, he pitched for the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Class A (short-season) New York-Penn League, and in 23 games in relief went 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA.[14] In 2016 Koplove split the season between the Crosscutters, for whom in 16 games in relief he had a 3.76 ERA, and the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Class A South Atlantic League, for whom in 11.2 innings he had a 15.43 ERA.[7]

Miami Marlins[edit]

In May 2017 he was released by the Phillies, and the following month he was signed by the Miami Marlins organization.[15] For the season, he played for the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A- New York-Penn League, and pitched a combined 3-2 with one save and a 7.84 ERA in 20.2 innings, in which he struck out 26 batters.[16] He had elbow surgery in November 2017, and was released by the Marlins organization on March 31, 2018.[17]

Sussex County Miners[edit]

On April 11, 2018, Koplove signed with the Sussex County Miners of the independent Can-Am League. Pitching for them in 2018 he was 7-4 with 2 saves and a 2.61 ERA (3rd in the league) over 31 games, 9 of which were starts, limiting opposing batters to a .201 batting average.[18][19][20] In the playoffs in 2018, he was 2-0 with a save and a 1.68 ERA over 3 games.[21]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

In November 2018, the Miners sold Koplove's contract to the Colorado Rockies.[22] He spent the majority of the season with the Class-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks, pitching to a 2-1 record with a 3.60 ERA before he was released on June 7, 2019.

Kansas City T-Bones[edit]

On June 19, 2019, Koplove signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association.

Team Israel; World Baseball Classic[edit]

Koplove was on the roster of Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pete Mazzaccaro (June 8, 2012). "Penn Charter's Koplove named Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year," Chestnut Hill Local.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Kenny Koplove Bio," GoDuke.com.
  3. ^ "Kenny Koplove Minor Leagues Statistics & History," Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ Joseph Santoliquito (June 8, 2012). "Kenny Koplove: Proof that MLB Draft isn't everything; The Pennsylvania standout feels college is a better choice compared with being drafted," MaxPreps.
  5. ^ "Kenny Koplove," Jewish Baseball News.
  6. ^ Ron Kaplan (June 15, 2015). "But wait, there’s more,", New Jersey Jewish News.
  7. ^ a b "Kenny Koplove Stats, Highlights, Bio," MiLB.com Stats.
  8. ^ Brian Pollack (March 7, 2015). "Dual threat: Koplove shines as shortstop, closer," The Chronicle.
  9. ^ Rick O'Brien (May 30, 2012). "Baseball: Koplove named Gatorade player of year for PA". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  10. ^ Aaron Fitt (October 15, 2012). "College: Recruiting Notebook: East Carolina, Florida State Among Other Top Classes," Baseball America.
  11. ^ "Koplove Selected by Hometown Philadelphia Phillies" goduke.com, June 10, 2015.
  12. ^ "Kenny Koplove Bio". goduke.com.
  13. ^ Matt Mullin (June 15, 2015). "What they're saying about the Phillies: Draft picks, prospects and trade talk," PhillyVoice.
  14. ^ Stanford, Todd (June 16, 2016). "Cutters' Koplove hopes for a return to his roots". The Daily Item.
  15. ^ "Kenny Koplove Baseball Statistics [2013-2017]"
  16. ^ Kenny Koplove Minor Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  17. ^ Ryan Lewis (August 6, 2018). "From all angles: Miners pitcher Kenny Koplove throws everything at opposing batters," New Jersey Herald.
  18. ^ Kenny Koplove Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  19. ^ "Can-Am League Season: Regular 2018; Batting Leaders"
  20. ^ "Sussex Righty Swingman Koplove joins Rockies," CanAmLeague.com – Official Website of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.
  21. ^ "#7 Kenny Koplove Team: Sussex County Miners| League: CanAm"
  22. ^ "Sussex County Miners versatile RHP Koplove heads to Colorado," Sussex County Miners, November 21, 2018.
  23. ^ Todd Zolecki (February 8, 2017). "Ten Phillies to play in World Baseball Classic," mlb.com.

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