The Chicago White Sox must have had a bunch of men in suits jump in excitement when the Miami Marlins took Tyler Kolek with the no.2 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, as that gave them the opportunity to select North Carolina State LHP Carlos Rodon. Unlike the Marlins, the Sox didn’t pass up the opportunity to take the potential star, making him the third-overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
As I explored recently when I previewed Rodon, by asking if Chicago needed him on either side of town. Contributor Mike Whitlow also asked last week if Rodon would be a future superstar with the Sox. Now, fans will be able to see if those possibilities will come to fruition, as Rodon is the newest pitching prospect that the White Sox hope to build an extremely solid rotation upon.
Rodon will likely take only a season in minor league baseball to be MLB-ready, as he already has experience at the NCAA level. He’s much more MLB-ready than Kolek or first overall pick Brady Aiken, who will both definitely need at least one season in MiLB, plus some more time to prepare. Rodon can help a team that desperately needs back-end help in the rotation, which definitely includes the Sox.
While it broke the hearts of Chicago Cubs fans everywhere, Rodon is in the White Sox organization, and within a few years he may make a formidable 1-2 punch with star Chris Sale, and could be one of the best Sox pick in a while.