White Sox: 3 Players That Are Starting to Live Up to Their Potentials

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 28: Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the opening day game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Carlos Rodon

Rodon was drafted third overall by the White Sox in the 2014 MLB draft out of North Carolina State University. He would make his debut in the 2015 season and finished his rookie year quite well. Rodon ended the 2015 season with a 9-6 record and a 3.75 ERA in 139.1 innings pitched.

This would be the only season that he finished with an ERA under 4.00. The following three seasons, Rodon would battle various injuries with 2016 being the only year where he pitched more than 150 innings, 165 to be exact, and the only season where he made 28 starts.

Rodon didn’t start the 2017 and 2018 seasons until after the beginning of June. Durability for Rodon would become a big concern for the young left-handed pitcher. Entering this season, he appears to have erased those concerns about his health and is having a great start to his 2019 campaign.

Through five starts and 28 innings pitched, Rodon has a 3-2 record with a 2.89 ERA, 35 strikeouts and a 1.11 WHIP. The White Sox need a true ace for their current rebuild and Rodon could certainly fill that void. However, he will need to remain healthy and durable in order to become the next White Sox ace. This could be the season that he does so and that would be very beneficial for this franchise.