The Chicago White Sox still believe in Carlos Rodon. He could still be a key piece to the team becoming a winner in their rotation.
The Chicago White Sox still have a lot of faith in Carlos Rodon. When he was drafted, he was looked at to be the next guy to come up and pitch behind Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Well, we know how it worked out here for Chris and Jose but Rodon is still with the White Sox. He was drafted really high so you know the potential is there but he just hasn’t put it together yet.
He has had flashes of brilliance in his MLB career and he was even good enough to be an Opening Day starter one year (not that he had much competition). The biggest issues with him have been consistency and injuries. The latest bad injury was his elbow that needed Tommy John surgery last season. Well, now he is back and looking to grab a permanent spot in the White Sox rotation once again.
The pressure is probably on for Rodon this season because the White Sox keep adding high-quality arms to the rotation and don’t look to be slowing down any time soon. He might be a guy that takes his spot right-back or he might be a guy that loses it because some of the younger players passed him by. It is a tough spot to be in to be quite honest but if anyone on the pitching staff can overcome something like that right now, it is Rodon.
If he is able to join the likes of Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel at the top or middle of the rotation, this could be a very dangerous group. There is also more depth on the back end of it than there has been in many years. Instead of casting him out, White Sox fans should be hardcore rooting for this guy because he has the potential to be a great pitcher.
There are some folks who think he will never reach his potential but this could be the year that he finally has all the tools he needs to show his stuff. Staying healthy is going to be the number one factor for him and then staying consistent once he proves he is fully healthy. This is a big year for Carlos Rodon as a result of all this noise.