According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the White Sox are calling up LHP Carlos Rodon, who was taken third overall in last year’s draft.
Source: Carlos Rodon joining #WhiteSox tomorrow. Will initially work out of bullpen.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 19, 2015
Rosenthal says that Rodon will work out of the bullpen at first. The 22-year old has a 3.15 ERA in 34 1/3 minor league innings. MLB.com ranked him as Chicago’s best prospect before the season. This past spring with the big league club, he impressed with a 3.06 ERA in 17 2/3 innings pitched.
Kris Bryant was called up on April 17th to secure one more year of control, which frustrated Bryant’s agent and many other baseball “purists,” but it was the correct move. The White Sox are using the same strategy with Rodon to make sure they get him for six plus seasons instead six on the dot. In Triple-A Charlotte he posted a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. The White Sox’ management also felt Rodon needed to work on his change up and fastball command. Needless to say, he is advanced enough to compete at the major league level.
Rodon will start in the bullpen, but could get some starts before the season is over due to struggles in the back end of the Sox’ rotation. John Danks, who is owed close to $30 million, has struggled the past four plus seasons posting a 4.93 ERA in 396 innings pitched with a 4.89 FIP and 0.7 fWAR. Hector Noesi has a 5.01 ERA in 367 1/3 career innings, but a 3.86 ERA in just 4 2/3 innings this year.
The White Sox have started the season off slow with a 4-7 record and will open up a three-game series against the Indians tomorrow.