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
Where will Chicago White Sox left-handed pitching prospect Carlos Rodon land following the competition of sprig training? That my friends might be the biggest question this spring.
If Rodon doesn’t end up in the majors, either in the bullpen or possibly in the starting rotation, the left-handed first-round pick of 2014 will be in Triple-A fine tuning his game to eventually make an impact at the MLB level.
Either way, the White Sox have a potential star waiting in the wings for them, but the LHP is earning some preseason recognition by being selected as the No. 2 LHP prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
For Rodon, here is a small portion of what it said about him as the No. 2 LHP prospect in an article by Teddy Cahill of MLB.com:
"“He should quickly reach Chicago and has the stuff, size and makeup to become a top-of-the-rotation pitcher once he does.”"
None of us can disagree with that assessment of Rodon, but the very best thing about this entire situation of where Rodon should eventually end up at the conclusion of spring training is this … the White Sox don’t have to rush him.
With the starting pitching of Chris Sale (LHP), Jeff Samardzija (RHP), Jose Quintana (LHP) and John Danks (RHP) most likely making up the 1-4 of the rotation, Rodon can either work on being a starting pitcher with the Charlotte Knights in Triple-A to start the ’15 season or gain MLB experience from the bullpen, taking the “Chris Sale route” to the majors.
Either way the White Sox are in a great position with Rodon, and it is a great situation to be in. It will be very exciting to watch progress this spring.
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