Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Will Carlos Rodon be on roster in ’14?
Jun 20, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack pitcher Carlos Rodon (16) during the College World Series game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
Do you think or want left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon on the MLB roster of the Chicago White Sox later this season?
After signing Rodon to a $6.582 million bonus and minor league contract officially on Friday, now the question asked in an article on the official web site of the White Sox asks: “When will Rodon pitch for the White Sox?”
That is a great question asked by White Sox reporter Scott Merkin, as he stated the article:
"“Could Rodon even arrive out of the bullpen in 2014, taking a page from the Chris Sale development manual in his Draft year of ’10, before taking his place with Sale as part of the rotation? White Sox vice president and general manager Rick Hahn wouldn’t project any sort of timetable for Rodon …”"
If Rodon is in “pitching shape” and his arm is ready after the break he’s had why not bring up Rodon in late August or early September? He needs to be on the same progression as Sale was, so the White Sox can have him in the starting rotation in ’15.
The Cincinnati Reds a couple years ago did the same thing with their first round pick in Mike Leake by signing him and bringing him straight to the Majors, and he’s been a solid pro for them.
Rodon brings hope to the White Sox pitching rotation for the ’15 season, so they might as well get all the butterflies out of the way this season, and give him some time in the bullpen, maybe even a late season start just to get his feet wet at the MLB level.
If they are paying a player that much on a minor league bonus, I highly doubt he’ll be in the Minors too long in preparation for the Majors.
What are your thoughts on Rodon? Where do you think he’ll eventually fit within the White Sox starting rotation?
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In other White Sox news:
• Joshua McKenzie of Southside Showdown has a detailed article on White Sox prospects.
• Here is what ESPN’s Doug Padilla wrote on Rodon for ESPN Chicago.
• ICYMI: Here is an AL Central All-Star team from Southside Showdown.
• Hector Noesi talks about his pitching against Cleveland in this video by the Chicago Tribune.
• The Chicago Sun-Times (via the Associated Press) wrote about the loss on Friday to the Indians.
• CSN Chicago reports that trade rumors may be bothering Gordon Beckham.
• Here is a “Anti All-Star” team from Bleacher Report.
• Rick Hahn and trading strategy writes Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.