Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted out Sunday evening that the Chicago White Sox are calling up No. 1 prospect Carlos Rodon to join the team.
There is some joy after all on this Sunday! Here is the tweet by Rosenthal:
Is this the White Sox way of trying to figure out how to fix a 4-7 start to the 2015 season? A way to repair a season that hasn’t seen a lot from their starting pitching or their bullpen, other than Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija?
Sunday the White Sox lost by a 9-1 score to the Detroit Tigers, a game where starter Jose Quintana allowed nine earned runs in four innings.
That outing was tough to watch.
This season in Triple-A with the Charlotte Knights, Rodon in 10 innings has an ERA of 3.60 with 13 strikeouts.
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Don’t get me wrong I’m ecstatic Rodon is joining the White Sox, but I’m always unsure about him coming out of the bullpen, especially with the No. 4 and 5 starters the White Sox have currently on their roster.
But on the other hand, thinking about it a little more at least Rodon will be at the MLB level to see how an everyday player can learn. Plus let’s be honest with ourselves, with the way the White Sox are pitching, there is no way Rodon doesn’t become a starter before the season ends, maybe before the end of May.
To be honest on another point, this news from Rosenthal is a big surprise, because I figured it wouldn’t be until June until Rodon was wearing a White Sox uniform.
With a closer look at the stats of Rodon, this season with the Knights he’s held opponents to a .216 batting average with a WHIP of 1.20. He’s also walked four batters, and allowed eight hits in two starts.
Rodon has pitched 34.2 innings for his MiLB career, earning a 3.12 ERA in 11 games (three levels of the minors). Rodon was the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Again, this is something all White Sox fans have expected, but none of us figured it would come this early.
If Rosenthal is correct, Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians will be very exciting to watch, but let’s hope Rodon will enter his first MLB game with the White Sox having a lead, and not in a mop-up situation.