Carlos Rodon: On fast track to MLB
Jun 16, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; NC State Wolfpack pitcher Carlos Rodon (16) during their College World Series game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
Carlos Rodon, the 2014 first round pick of the Chicago White Sox, seems to be on the fast track to the Majors.
He was projected to be the first player to reach the big leagues by many analysts and scouts when he was drafted in June by the White Sox, and they seem to have him on that path, considering he is expected to join the big club in September.
His path is very similar or even the same as they had for the current ace of the White Sox in Chris Sale.
Here is a quick breakdown of Rodon’s MiLB numbers.
He started in the Arizona Rookie League to get his feet wet, as well as get his arm back in shape after not pitching since North Carolina State’s season had ended over a month before he singed with the White Sox.
Rodon appeared in only two games in Arizona, throwing three innings while allowing two runs. His control was sharp, considering the fact that he struck out five while not walking a single batter.
After pitching in rookie league for a short time, Rodon moved up to Winston-Salem to pitch for the Dash in Advanced Single-A.
While there, Rodon pitched in four games, starting two of them. His starts at both of his first two stops were short, considering he didn’t pitch past three innings in any of them. Rodon got a lot of hitters to swing-and-miss while at Winston-Salem, striking out 15 batters in 9.2 innings.
Rodon has since been promoted to Charlotte, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate.
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On Tuesday night, Rodon made a start for the Knights, pitching three innings, while walking three and striking out three.
Rodon did allow one hit and one run, some of which was due to the walks he issued.
Most White Sox fans are excited to see Rodon come September. Given the fact that he will pitch out of the bullpen shows that the White Sox are attempting to see what he can do in a relief role first, just like they did in the past with Sale.
If he succeeds, come 2015 he may just start the season in the White Sox five-man rotation.