The Chicago White Sox picked left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon No. 3 overall in the 2014 MLB Draft. They subsequently inked him a contract with a massive $6.582 million signing bonus. Now, Rodon has a grand total of exactly nine innings between the Arizona Rookie League and Class-A Winston Salem. His stats thus far are meager, allowing four runs on eight hits and earning himself a 4.00 ERA. He does have 13 K’s to only 4 BB though and a .229 AVG.
MLB.com’s Scott Merkin has now reported that Rodon has a “better than average chance” to follow in Sox ace Chris Sale’s footprints and be called up all the way to the majors next month. Rodon is obviously a good hurler, his two years on Team USA were outstanding as he allowed only three earned runs over thirty-six innings for a 0.75 ERA and contributed forty-two strikeouts.
Manager Robin Ventura was not ready to give much insight on the matter stating only:
“I’m not even going down that far. We are concerned about what’s going on right here. If they say he’s pitching well enough to come up, then the more the merrier at this point.”
Of course, Robin expects the club to handle scouting their own farm system and will give him time if he earns it. The Sox are in need of strong pitching and it couldn’t hurt to bring him up if he’s ready.
Rodon vs Sale
Quite a few comparisons are being made between Carlos and Chris Sale. Sale rocketed through the minor leagues, tossing 4 innings at Winston-Salem giving up 2 runs (only 1 earned) on 3 hits and striking out four while walking two, then jumped up to AAA Charlotte for 6.1 innings, again allowing 2 runs on 3 hits but sitting down 15 batsmen.
Rodon seems to be looking just as sharp as expected and if he can make the next step forward is definitely a candidate to be called up by a club as hurting for pitchers as the White Sox.