Jun 8, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon (16) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Rice Owls in the Raleigh super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Doak Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox have officially agreed to terms on a contract for the No. 3 overall selection of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The official White Sox web site reported Rodon has signed for a franchise-record $6,582,000 bonus, as first reported by MLB.com writer Jim Callis.
The article wrote about Rodon:
"“Even before talk of Rodon signing came about, Hahn cautioned that it was unfair to put extra expectations on the young hurler before getting him into the White Sox system and see where he stands.”"
I for one would love to see Rodon in the White Sox rotation at the start of the 2015 season, but if he’s ready when the White Sox make September call-ups, why not give him a taste of what he is in store for in ’15, if in fact he’s ready to make the quick trail to the Majors?
Though Rodon’s bonus money is the most in franchise history, I want the White Sox to take their time with him and make sure he’s ready for the big show.
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Rodon played his collegiate baseball for North Carolina State, where this junior season he finished with a 2.01 ERA with a 6-7 overall record.
In his 14 games pitched, he tossed three complete games, equaling 98.2 innings.