Carlos Rodon new Chicago White Sox No. 1 Prospect
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
It didn’t take long, but Carlos Rodon has taken the No. 1 spot of the Top 20 Prospects for the Chicago White Sox in a new list by MLB.com.
Rodon, the No. 3 overall selection of the 2014 First-Year MLB Player Draft, was also ranked No. 23 overall in all of baseball on the prospect list.
The article stated Rodon ETA to the big leagues is 2016.
Jim Callis wrote of Rodon:
"“Rodon’s changeup regressed some this spring, as well, but it can overmatch hitters when it’s at its best. Once he stops using his slider too much, his fastball, changeup and command are all expected to improve.”"
I agree with Rodon being the top prospect of the White Sox, though I would like to see him in the Majors in 2015, not ’16, as they could really use the help in their starting rotation. This offseason will be very improtant for Rodon and the White Sox.
In his second Arizona Rookie League outing on July 26, the left-handed Rodon struck out four batters in two innings, but did allow a run. In his two games with the AZL White Sox Rodon has totaled five strikeouts and has an ERA of 6.00.
Watching the progression of Rodon for the rest of the season, and even next year will be something to keep a close eye on, that is for certain. He’s going to be a big piece to the White Sox starting rotation one day, and hopefully that day is sooner rather than later.
The rest of the new Top 5 White Sox prospects are:
2. Tim Anderson, SS
3. Francellis Montas, RHP
4. Micah Johnson, 2B
5. Courtney Hawkins, OF