Carlos Rodon pitches 5 innings in latest Triple-A start


Jun 8, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers a pitch against the Rice Owls during the Raleigh super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Doak Field. North Carolina State defeated Rice 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The third Triple-A start by Chicago White Sox No. 1 prospect Carlos Rodon latest five innings on Saturday night against the Gwinnett Braves, which resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Charlotte Knights.

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

For Rodon, he continued to allow no more than two runs in a start with the Triple-A Knights (in a no-decision Saturday), as the five inning he pitched on Saturday were the most innings he’s pitched in a start since his Triple-A debut on Aug. 19.

Against the Braves, Rodon, pitched those five innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out seven.

It was the most hits allowed by Rodon in a start at any levels of the minors this summer, but he got in the work he needed to hopefully make his MLB debut with the White Sox in September.

In his three Triple-A starts, Rodon has totaled 12 innings pitched, with nine hits allowed and four earned runs charged this his stat line.

Rodon has also struck out a total of 18 batters in Triple-A, with games of three, eight and seven strikeouts.

He’s held opponents to a .209 batting average and has a WHIP (walks + hits divided by innings pitched) of 1.42, along with an ERA of 3.00 while with the Knights.

In his MiLB career (9 games, 6 starts) Rodon has pitched 24.2 innings in three different levels (Arizona Rookie League, Advanced Single-A), tallying an ERA of 2.92 and keeping opponents to a .215 batting average with 38 strikeouts and just 13 walks.

Rodon has yet to allow a home run in his professional career.

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As I’ve wrote many times, I can’t wait to see Rodon with the White Sox, even if he just comes out of the bullpen in the month of September.

What I think would really be fun to see is if he can make one start in the majors in September just to get it out of the way, because the White Sox are out of the postseason hunt, and what would it hurt?

Plus, who knows, he’s probably already better than all but one starting pitcher currently in the starting rotation of the White Sox.

Am I wrong?

He’s been fun to keep track of thus far in his professional career during the summer of ’14, and having him already on the Triple-A roster, and being successful at that level, makes what was a very terrible 2013 season pretty much worth it, as it allowed the White Sox to draft the left-hander.

Rodon was the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft in June by the White Sox.