1. Carlos Rodon LHP – As the #3 overall pick back in June out of North Carolina State, Rodon was looked at by many as the draft’s most MLB-ready talent. He quickly worked his way through the White Sox farm system, and finished last season with the Charlotte Knights, skipping multiple levels in the process. Still just 22, Rodon finished his first season with an overall 2.92 ERA in 9 games (6 starts). He also had a 1.34 WHIP, and an impressive 13.9 K/9 and near 3:1 K/BB ratio in his short Minor League season, where he pitched 24 2/3 innings.
Rodon’s repertoire includes a fastball in the mid to high 90’s, a slider in the mid-80’s with excellent break, and a change-up in the low 80’s that still needs some developing. It didn’t take long for the team to see the potential that he has, and he could make the 25-man roster right out of Spring Training. Although not a certainty, General Manager Rick Hahn has stated that it would be likely for Rodon to start his career out of the bullpen, much like Chris Sale, another former first-round pick for the team. He has #1 starter potential in his future.
ETA: July 2015 the latest
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