Carlos Rodon is one of the most mysterious cases in the history of Chicago White Sox pitching. He has had games where he looked brilliant and there have been some lousy performances coupled in with a slew of injuries. He was the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft so expectations were high but we have blinked and he is already 27 years old. It has been a crazy ride for him but he has one more little year to show he can be healthy and impactful.
He didn’t play much last season as he had the Tommy John surgery earlier in the season. It was a tough blow for the White Sox but they got through it. He wouldn’t have started the season this year with the team if it was a normal year but with it starting late he is going to be able to be there on time. He is going to be a nice addition to this staff, even if he doesn’t necessarily reach his full potential ever. He doesn’t need to be a superstar or anything anymore but a good solid 3 or 4 pitcher would be lovely.
The White Sox have had all of these arms in the organization for a while now but none of them have made the impact on the team to their full potential yet. All of them could be significant upgrades over what we have had on the South Side lately and a guy like Kopech could be a significant part of their core for a long time. These additions to the staff should be fun to watch in 2020.