White Sox lefty has good outing in his Spring Training Debut on Sunday. The 2014 first round pick pitched four scoreless innings against the Angels.
The Chicago White Sox welcomed back Carlos Rodon to the mound for the first time during Spring Training on Sunday. The 2014 first round pick (3rd overall) had a spectacular outing against the Los Angeles Angels. Rodon pitched four scoreless innings while recording five strikeouts and only one walk.
The Sox were without Rodon before Sunday’s game as they didn’t rush the third year starter into action this spring. Rodon didn’t miss a beat against the Angels and appeared to be in midseason form on the mound.
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Rodon didn’t have much trouble against the Angels and only allowed one hit on Sunday. With Rodon on the mound, the Sox were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead over the Angels. The Sox would eventually win 11-2 over the Angels.
With Rodon not pitching in a game for the Sox until Sunday, it was nice to see the starter have a solid outing on the mound. Rodon showed no signs of being rusty, and the extra bullpen sessions appeared to have paid off. The 24-year-old told Scott Merkin of whitesox.com that it was good to be on the field competing with his teammates again.
"“It was good to be out there and compete with my teammates again. That was fun. I’ve been sitting here for a while watching everybody else do something. I finally got to get out there and compete. So it was fun.” Carlos Rodon"
If Rodon is able to go into the upcoming season with positive momentum, it will bode very well for the Sox. With an okay but not great starting rotation with Jose Quintana, Derek Holland, James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez, a strong Rodon would certainly help the Sox pitching to start the season. This could be the season that Rodon becomes the ace pitcher the Sox hoped they drafted in 2014.