The Chicago White Sox has an elite rotation. Going into the season, we would have thought about calling Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, or Lance Lynn the ace. We even knew Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech had ace potential. All five of those guys are amazing and deserve credit for the way they have helped the White Sox this year. However, not a single soul would have considered Carlos Rodon an ace-level pitcher.
Carlos Rodon is one of the greatest Chicago White Sox stories of all time.
Fast forward a few months and here we are in July. Carlos Rodon has been the best pitcher on the White Sox and is now an American League All-Star. Nobody would have ever seen that coming which is why we should all be so happy for him. His comeback story is so awesome and should make all White Sox fans extremely happy and proud.
Carlos Rodon was literally cut because the White Sox didn’t feel like he deserved what he was owed. They signed him for a lot less money later in the offseason and his spot on the team wasn’t even guaranteed. He had to have a Spring Training battle with Reynaldo Lopez for that fifth spot in the rotation. Now, not only is he not the fifth starter, he might be the guy called on to start game one of the playoffs if they make it.
Rodon is currently third in the American League with a 2.37 ERA. After the beginning of the career that he had, it is brilliant to watch. He was a third overall pick in the MLB Draft so we knew the talent was in there somewhere. Rick Hahn and the coaches deserve a lot of credit for helping Carlos get to this point. Now, he is headed to Denver to be an American League All-Star for the first time in his career.
When Rodon threw his no-hitter in April, we knew that things were different. His stuff is as good as ever now which has allowed him to put up these kinds of numbers. His fastball velocity is way up and his breaking stuff is borderline unhittable. When he mixes it up well and hits his spots, he is as good as any pitcher across Major League Baseball.
Things like this need to happen in order to have a magical run in a season. Pitchers like Rodon having this much success are a big reason why they are where they are. Hopefully, Rodon is able to pitch in the game and represent the Chicago White Sox well.