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
Carlos Rodon made his AAA debut with the Charlotte Knights yesterday, and he continued his dominant run through the minors on his fast track to Chicago.
Rodon finished the outing going just 3 innings, but it wasn’t because of poor performance. His final line was 3 IP, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 hit and 1 earned run allowed. It was an impressive 3 innings as the 21-year-old southpaw completely skipped AA Birmingham, pushing the theory even more that Rodon will be a September call-up when rosters expand.
Rodon now has a stellar 2.87 ERA through all 3 levels he has been in with the White Sox Minor League affiliates. He has 15.2 innings pitched, 12 hits allowed, 5 earned runs allowed, and a 23/8 K/BB ratio. With a solid K/9 of 13.2, it’s clear that Carlos hasn’t missed a beat going from college to pro level ball.
He was considered the most MLB ready player in this year’s draft, which has been made clear is an option that the White Sox will look into. Whether we will see him in the rotation or the bullpen if he is called up in September is also not completely decided. I would assume the White Sox will move him directly into the rotation so he will be completely ready to go every 5th day right at the start of 2015.
Hopefully Rodon can stay dominant in the minors. There is absolutely no reason to rush him, but he hasn’t given the team a reason yet to consider keeping him from being called up. Best of luck to the young lefty on his road to Chicago.