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
The Chicago White Sox announced on Tuesday that the organization’s No. 1 prospect, Carlos Rodon, has not been called up by the team as part of their September roster expansion.
Rodon is not exactly on the same route as current ace Chris Sale took when he was drafted and went to the majors a few season ago. Sale was placed in the White Sox bullpen the same season he was drafted.
Rodon was drafted in June, playing a little in the Arizona Rookie League, followed by a stop at Advanced-A ball, then finished his first season as professional with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
With the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, Rodon pitched in two games for a total of three innings. In those two outings, he compiled an ERA of 6.00, allowing four hits and two earned runs. His WHIP was 1.33.
He then went to the Advanced-A Winston-Salem Dash, where he really got his professional career going. With the Dash, Rodon in four games (two starts) has a 1.86 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. In those IP, he allowed seven hits and just two earned runs.
What was impressive for the North Carolina State product was he held the opposition to a .189 batting average.
With the Knights in Triple-A, Rodon pitched a total of 12 innings, where he gave up nine hits and four earned runs, but he did walk eight.
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What I liked was the Triple-A batters he faced had just a .209 batting average against the left-hander, and he didn’t allow a single home run at any stop in the minors.
Rodon was drafted No. 3 overall by the White Sox in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft after having the third-worst record in all of baseball in ’13.
Thoughts on Rodon not being part of the September call-ups?