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
The professional debut of Carlos Rodon took place on Tuesday, July 22 in an Arizona Rookie League game.
Rodon’s outing didn’t look so great in the box score, but at least he is finally playing in a game situation for the Chicago White Sox organization.
Rodon, the 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick by the White Sox, pitched one inning of relief in the fifth inning against the Arizona Rookie League team of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In the outing, Rodon allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks. The former pitcher for the North Carolina State Wolfpack struck out one batter.
In his final season at NC State, Rodon finished with an ERA of 2.01 and a record of 6-7 in 14 starts (98 innings pitched). He threw three complete games in that season.
Rodon also walked 31 batters and struck out 131 batters. Of the 39 runs he allowed, only 22 were earned in his final collegiate season.
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At least the pro debut of Rodon is complete, and now the White Sox organization can work on preparing Rodon for the MLB roster, either in the final month of this regular season or at least for the start of the ’15 season. I’m very interested, and I assume all White Sox fans are interested as well to see how quickly Rodon can progress and improve to make his eventual MLB debut.
Rodon signed a $6,582,000 bonus for his minor league contract with the White Sox.