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“Better-than-average chance” White Sox call up No. 3 overall pick Carlos Rodon

Aug 8, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Carlos Rodon AP

Carlos Rodon was the third overall pick in June’s draft and the former North Carolina State ace was in rookie-ball as of two weeks ago, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that “there’s a better-than-average chance” the White Sox will promote the 21-year-old left-hander to the majors in September.

However, when asked about that possibility manger Robin Ventura replied:

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.

Rodon is currently at Single-A and has thrown a grand total of nine professional innings, so “pitching well enough to come up” to Chicago isn’t really a factor yet. However, as Merkin notes the White Sox called up fellow first-round pick/college ace/southpaw Chris Sale shortly after he was drafted in 2010 and used him as a late-inning reliever.

For much of the year Rodon was considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall and he ended up signing for $6.6 million, which is significantly above the slot-recommend amount for the No. 3 pick.

  1. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Now that is Ichi-gun style! Well done MLB.

  2. gargamelsmentor - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Just make sure he doesn’t do a bullpen session in front of the Astros.

    • icanspeel - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      More like they should do a bullpen session in front of the Astros to show what they missed.

  3. jb8588 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I was in attendance for his first pro start yesterday and I have to say I came away pretty impressed.

  4. sdelmonte - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Seems to be the next step in the “get as many innings out of them before the inevitable surgery” trend.

  5. corvetteman6 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Kid has talent. Why rush him to the majors? So he can throw a couple relief innings?
    Sheesh.

  6. hittfamily - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Wild to think Sale was Drafted in 2010. It feels like he’s been an ace 6-7 years.

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