Chicago White Sox: Prospects

Rodon top Sox prospect in Baseball America rankings

November, 10, 2014
Nov 10
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Baseball America released its top prospect list for the Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is the leader of the pack.

Rodon, the club’s first-round draft pick and No. 3 selection overall this past June, was considered for a major league promotion in September, but the White Sox elected to wait on bringing the North Carolina State product to the highest level.

The 21-year-old is expected to be in major league camp this spring where he figures to compete for a roster spot. In the long run, Rodon is being aimed for the starting rotation but there remains a possibility that he starts the season as a reliever to help a rebuilding bullpen.

Rounding out the top five on the Baseball America list is No. 2 selection Tim Anderson, shortstop, No. 3 Spencer Adams, right-handed pitcher, No. 4. Micah Johnson, second base and No. 5 Francellis Montas, right-handed pitcher.

Anderson impressed in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .313 batting average and a .353 on-base percentage in 20 games. That came after he batted a combined .301 with a .327 on-base percentage at three separate minor league levels, advancing as high as Double-A Birmingham.

The former first-round pick in 2013 could be poised to take over full time at shortstop after Alexei Ramirez’s contract is completed in 2016, if a team option is exercised.

Completing Baseball American’s top 10 is No. 6 selection Micker Adolfo, outfield, No. 7 Tyler Danish, right-handed pitcher, No. 8 Trey Michalczewski, No. 9 Courtney Hawkins, outfield and No. 10 Rangel Ravelo, first base.

Of all the players listed, Rodon and Johnson have the best chance of landing on the Opening Day roster in April.

Rodon gives White Sox options in 2015

September, 29, 2014
Sep 29
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Unlike last year, the Chicago White Sox seem open to heading into a new season with four left-handed starters.

General manager Rick Hahn confirmed that while not the ideal scenario, the team is open to having prospect Carlos Rodon compete for a rotation spot in the spring to join a starting staff that already includes lefties Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks.

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Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesWhite Sox general manager Rick Hahn isn't concerned that adding Carlos Rodon would give them four lefties in the rotation in 2015.
A year ago, the White Sox took a different route, breaking up a potential lefty foursome by including Hector Santiago in a three-team trade that landed leadoff man Adam Eaton. So far, that trade couldn't have worked out better for the White Sox.

The team's willingness to go the four-lefty route this time has more to do with the ability of Rodon, the No. 3 overall selection in this past summer's first-year player draft and widely regarded to be the player who would most likely reach the major leagues the fastest.

In fact, the White Sox considered adding Rodon to the major league club when rosters expanded in September. But after advancing the North Carolina State product to the Triple-A level, the White Sox felt it would be best to have the 21-year old call it a season. He turns 22 on Dec. 10.

"He's had, obviously, a busy professional season and professional debut, where we had him at numerous stops, so right now he's just resting," Hahn said. "In the not-too-distant future he's going to connect with (pitching coach) Don Cooper, and (minor-league pitching coordinator) Curt Hassler and some of our pitching coaches and come up with a specific program of what we'd like to see him work on this offseason.

"So, it was a tremendous debut for this kid. I think he's going to be an important part of what we've got going on here for the next several years."

It isn't out of the question that Rodon could return to the minor leagues or open next season in the White Sox's bullpen, but he will be pointed toward the starting rotation first, even if it means lefty overload.

"I'm more hung up on taking the five best guys that give you a chance to win on any given day," Hahn said. "Certainly, if we had four righties and one lefty, no one would say, 'You've got too many righties.' Perhaps you want a little more balance, but nobody goes out of his way to get rid of a quality righty to bring in a less or inferior option just because he throws from the left side. We're not going to do that from the left side given our situation.

"Is it ideally how you would draw it up? No. But at the same time, if Carlos is capable of filling his potential ..."

For now, the options with Rodon are wide open.

"It's conceivable he could be a member of the bullpen in 2015 at some point," Hahn said. "I do believe, much like when we had Chris Sale in a similar situation, that his long-term future is at the front end of a rotation, but we are not necessarily committed that it has to be on Day 1 as part of a rotation in order to get to that spot."

Smarts, mound presence define Snodgress

September, 13, 2014
Sep 13
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Regardless of how this baseball thing works out, Chicago White Sox pitcher Scott Snodgress has already shown that he has his priorities straight.

Just because he was on his way to a dream of one day pitching in the major leagues after he was selected by the White Sox out of Stanford in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Snodgress refused to turn his back on his education.

Two quarters short of earning a prestigious Stanford degree in economics, the California native used two consecutive offseasons to finish what he started when he enrolled in the university after attending high school in Yucaipa, Calif.

“My parents had kind of always stressed getting my college degree from the time I was young,” Snodgress said. “That was something that we both wanted, all of us wanted. From the moment I was drafted I still had the intention of going back and finishing up. I only had two quarters to go so it was really not a question for me whether I was going to finish or not.”

Snodgress made it to the major leagues this month, making his major league debut Sept. 3 in a game at Minnesota. He gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning, but the dream of making it officially was his.

As good as it felt to achieve an athletic goal, Snodgress said that earning his Stanford degree was as big as any athletic accomplishment he ever achieved. Because Stanford is on the quarter system, school didn’t start until after the minor league season ended.

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Chris Bassitt making strong impression

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
Padilla By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Just because Chris Bassitt’s time in the major leagues this month is mostly of the getting-to-know-you variety doesn’t mean he can’t open eyes a little further before the regular season closes for the Chicago White Sox.

Bassitt was given his second career start Wednesday and showed the playoff-contending Oakland Athletics his potential.

The 25-year-old right-hander gave up one run on five hits over six-plus innings in the Sox’s 2-1 victory. He already appears improved from the pitcher who gave up five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut Aug. 30 against the Detroit Tigers.

A week and a half with pitching coach Don Cooper has done him wonders.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image"I didn't expect to come up and just dominate," White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt said after his second career start. But that's just what he did Wednesday against the Athletics. 
“Yeah, I put a lot on Coop’s hands,” Bassitt said. “We’ve really been working hard on lefties -- changing my approach on lefties. It’s pretty much going to be live or die with how much I throw inside to lefties.

“Obviously, my two-seam sinker is my best pitch. But if I can’t throw it in effectively to lefties, that pretty much eliminates my best pitch. That was the key tonight.”

A broken right hand limited Bassitt to eight minor league starts this year, six of them at Double-A Birmingham, where he went 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA and showed enough to be called up -- even before rosters expanded at the start of September.

Common sense says Bassitt heads to spring training with the major league club next year and starts the season at Triple-A. In the interim, he’s making a significant impression.

“This is one of those [outings] where you can always recall this and know you can come back and fight your way back through it and give us a chance to win,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I thought he did a great job.”

Regardless of the pressure Bassitt is putting on himself to succeed on the major league stage in September, the White Sox front office wouldn’t hold it against him if he struggles. The reality is he probably won’t set himself back in the eyes of the club right now.

To his credit, it’s an opportunity that isn’t being wasted. The White Sox have to be pleased with Bassitt’s willingness to throw strikes and trust his stuff on Wednesday.

“I didn’t expect to come up and just dominate,” Bassitt said. “I’m going to take my lumps here -- I know I’m going to. It’s a huge learning curve. I know there’s things I’m really going to have to improve on, and obviously, pitching to lefties is going to be one big thing going forward.”

Other changes have already occurred, with more on the way as his fine-tuning has begun in earnest.

“I threw more changeups today than I think I did all of last year in Double-A,” he said. “I probably threw seven or eight changeups, which is extremely rare for me. I don’t really throw changeups. That’s another thing going forward: I’m going to have to throw a lot more changeups just to really make that honestly a weapon, put it in the back of a hitter’s head like, ‘Hey, he has this.’”

After the White Sox’s season is complete, Bassitt will take his new bag of tricks back to the Arizona Fall League for a second consecutive year. Spring training will be around the corner after that. With a lot coming his way, Bassitt has figured out how to simplify the thought process.

“I’m not worried about next year at all,” he said. “I’m worried about coming in tomorrow and seeing what Coop has to say.”

Although the crowd was small Wednesday, with the White Sox long removed from playoff contention, there was still plenty of significance to the outing for Bassitt. If the White Sox were in contention, he probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to start Wednesday. That’s one of the rare benefits of the team’s disappointing season.

These final few weeks will be invaluable to Bassitt moving forward.

“You have to control your emotions; he’s excited he’s up here,” Ventura said. “He’s going up against a very good team, a team that is in the race and a team that has a lot of professional-type hitters that will wear you down.”

Over the past week and a half, he has gained knowledge he wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

“There’s not really scouting reports at Double-A,” Bassitt said, contrasting the minor leagues to his first taste of the majors. “You know everyone’s weaknesses, [and] you know everyone’s strengths up here, which could be helpful but at the same time could overwhelm you a little bit.

“The biggest difference I saw right away was two-strike approaches. My first start versus Detroit, I probably gave up four or five two-strike hits. It was me leaving stuff out over the plate. I was able to get away with that in Double-A, but not here, obviously.”

White Sox call up 7, but not Carlos Rodon

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
Padilla By Doug Padilla
Despite signs that he might be arriving to the major leagues for the final month of the season, the Chicago White Sox did not include left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon among the seven players they added to the roster Tuesday.

The White Sox took advantage of expanded rosters by calling up right-handed pitchers Chris Bassitt and Scott Carroll, outfielder Jordan Danks, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Marcus Semien and left-hander Eric Surkamp, all from Triple-A Charlotte.

In addition, the White Sox also purchased the contract of outfielder Michael Taylor, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on June 14 in exchange for right-hander Jacob Sanchez. Taylor, a Stanford product, has 26 games of major league experience from 2011-13 with the A's, and hit 11 home runs with 69 RBIs and 75 runs scored at the Triple-A level this season.

Taylor got the call over former first-round pick Jared Mitchell, who had been demoted to Double-A Birmingham at one point this season, but returned to Charlotte where he had been hitting well.

Rodon was the White Sox's first-round draft pick in this past June's draft and looked destined for the major leagues when he was fast-tracked from Single-A Winston-Salem to Charlotte last month. White Sox pitcher Chris Sale took a similar path from draft pick to the major leagues in 2010.

The White Sox's active roster is now at 32, with the 40-man roster now full.

Predicting the Sox's expanded roster

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have not confirmed what players will be called up when rosters expand next week, but at least three have been mentioned in one form or another.

General manager Rick Hahn said earlier this month that the team’s typical number of five to eight players called up would be applicable.

It is also possible that the players could arrive in waves since Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham both finish their seasons on the first day of September. Neither team is headed to the postseason.

Here are the call-up predictions:

INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Scott Carroll
When Gordon Beckham was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21, general manager Rick Hahn said Semien would get the call in September. When Chris Bassitt got the call to pitch in Saturday’s doubleheader, manager Robin Ventura said the righty would come off the roster after the twinbill, but go right back on it when it is expanded. Carroll wasn’t originally projected here, but after getting sent down to allow the White Sox to add a reliever in Eric Surkamp, Ventura said he would be back and likely stay in the rotation.

C Josh Phegley, 1B/DH Andy Wilkins
Teams almost always add a catcher when rosters are expanded, but Phegley is deserving here even if that wasn’t the case with 23 home runs, 75 RBIs and a .535 slugging percentage at Charlotte. Making this a no-brainer is that he is also on the 40-man roster. Wilkins’ addition is a little more complicated since the White Sox need to find a 40-man spot for him. Even with the White Sox’s crowded 1B/DH landscape, Wilkins is deserving with 30 home runs, 85 RBIs and a .558 slugging percentage at Charlotte.

LHP Carlos Rodon, OF Jared Mitchell
Another player who needs a 40-man spot to open, the White Sox have made it clear that they would like to see Rodon in the major leagues, even though he was only drafted this June. The No. 3 overall selection was moved quickly through the system from the Arizona Rookie League to Single-A and now Triple-A. If the White Sox weren’t thinking about bringing him up, they could have just let him get in his innings and experience at Single-A until the season ended. Mitchell has largely been an underachiever in the minor leagues, but he has been hitting the ball well of late at Charlotte and he is on the 40-man. It’s time to see what he can do at the level, even if it’s only for a month.

3B Matt Davidson, RHP Andre Rienzo
When the season started, it figured that if Davidson wasn’t up already then September would be his time. It no longer seems that way as he hit 20 home runs with 55 RBIs at Charlotte, but has struggled to the tune of a .201 batting average and .368 slugging percentage, not to mention 160 strikeouts compared to 94 hits in 467 at-bats. Rienzo has major league experience, but the combined nine earned runs he gave up in his last three innings of relief with the White Sox in August will weigh large in this decision.

White Sox tab Bassitt for doubleheader

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Pitching prospect Chris Bassitt will get an early jump on being a September roster addition when he makes his major league debut in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Bassitt will get the opportunity straight out of Double-A, where he was 3-1 this season with a 1.56 ERA over six starts. He missed nearly four months of the season with a broken right hand, which was a non-baseball injury.

The right-hander, who is an Ohio native and University of Akron alum, was an 11th-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2011. He made his first appearance at the Double-A level last season, helping Birmingham to the Southern League championship. He complements a two-seam fastball and a sinker with a slider he refined during spring training this year.

"I did see him in spring training, and he had a live arm," Ventura said. "You look at him, just size-wise and how it comes out of his hand. It's an intriguing pitcher. We were impressed with him then. It was fun watching him in spring training. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters."

The 25-year-old was named pitcher of the week in the Southern League earlier this month after striking out 11 in a victory over Huntsville.

Bassitt will be the extra 26th man on the White Sox roster, an addition allowed for split doubleheaders. He will come off the roster after his start Saturday but is expected to be added again when rosters expand Monday for the remainder of the season.

"He'll have some chances to pitch [in September]," Ventura said. "I think these guys that come up, I don't think it's good for them just to come up and necessarily just be around. You want them to play, you want them to get acclimated and see what they can do against major league competition. I think the game is a little faster than it is in Triple-A, and you want to see how they react to it."

The White Sox will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to add Bassitt, a move that likely would not be announced until Saturday.

Chris Sale is expected to start the first game of the doubleheader, which was scheduled after the White Sox's June 10 game against the Tigers was postponed because of rain.

SS Anderson among 7 going to AFL

August, 26, 2014
Aug 26
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox had seven players in their minor league system assigned to the Arizona Fall League’s Glendale Desert Dogs for the upcoming season.

At No. 85 in the rankings, shortstop Tim Anderson is the highest ranked White Sox player headed to the AFL. Other players on the team are pitchers Chris Bassitt, Francellis Montas, Jefferson Olacio and Scott Snodgress, catcher Kevan Smith and infielder Rangel Ravelo.

Anderson and Montas have both worked through injuries this season.

“They both missed time, so it's good to get them additional reps, especially Montas, who had two setbacks -- one with each knee -- but is now, knock-on-wood, healthy,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “But it's also about challenging them with a little bit of a higher level.

“Obviously, the level of play in the fall league over the years has been really prospect-laden and a good test for guys in their development, and we feel that both those guys are ready for it from a performance standpoint. They also happen to have missed a little developmental time, so they're a perfect fit for that.”

Sale, Rodon: Similar but different

August, 25, 2014
Aug 25
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Despite their similarities, Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon figure to be different enough to form a formidable 1-2 punch at the head of the Chicago White Sox's rotation one day.

Rodon and Sale are both talented left-handed pitchers who were high draft picks and look to be on a similar route from college starter to a major league roster in the same year. Both compliment a plus fastball with an impressive slider.

The White Sox haven’t announced what is next for Rodon, who has made two starts at Triple-A Charlotte this month. It is suspected, though, that the 21-year-old will be called up to the major leagues when rosters expand in September.

Rodon’s first taste of the major leagues could be out of the bullpen, just as it was for Sale, but he could be in the club’s rotation as early as next season. If Sale and Rodon end up pitching back-to-back in the rotation one day soon, their differences could prove to be an advantage.

As White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton observed this past weekend while on an injury rehab assignment at Charlotte, these aren’t copy-cat sliders.

“It’s good,” Eaton said about Rodon’s slider. “It’s short but it’s very late (breaking). It’s definitely not a Chris Sale slider that will break two feet, a foot and a half. A Rodon slider is kind of short has kind of the same type of arm action as a (fastball). Both are very effective, but definitely different-looking.”

Rodon’s first two Triple-A outings have been impressive. He gave up one run on one hit over four innings Sunday against Norfolk, while striking out eight. Last week against Gwinnett, he gave up one run on one hit over three innings while striking out three.

The White Sox continue to build Rodon’s pitch count (he threw 73 pitches Sunday), all while declining to outline the plans they have for him in the near future. General manager Rick Hahn won’t say if Rodon is coming up to the major leagues in another week, although he did seem to suggest that if he did, he would be a reliever.

Rodon said he doesn’t know the plan, when asked about it by reporters in Charlotte on Sunday.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I assume probably (pitching for Charlotte) Saturday.”

Beyond that, only the front office seems to know for sure.

Despite his impressive results during his short time in the White Sox’s organization, Rodon sounded like a guy who is still looking to refine some things.

“I felt good, better command, struggled a little bit but made an adjustment and it ended up working well,” he said after Sunday’s start. “(The slider) wasn’t bad. A lot of them were for strikes and I need to work on getting it down to be somewhat of a chase pitch.”

P Carlos Rodon could start as early as 2015

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's plan is to ultimately make first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon a major league starter. The only issue is how quickly it will happen.

If Rodon ends up being added to the major league club when rosters expand in September, it would appear to be as a reliever to assist the struggling bullpen.

Moving forward, the left-hander could end up with an opportunity that Chris Sale never got, by opening his second year in the organization in a major league rotation.

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Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images/AP Images"We feel this guy is very close to being able to help us in the rotation," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of Carlos Rodon.
"We feel this guy is very close to being able to help us in the rotation. Whether that's the first part of [2015], the second part of '15, or '16, we'll see," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "But this guy is coming, we believe, on a fairly quick path and not necessarily one that would require him to spend time in the bullpen.

"It's possible that, again, if he did come here in September, we'd use him out of the pen just to monitor, get him in and out quickly. But, again, long term, we view this guy as a starter."

Rodon made his Triple-A debut Tuesday night as a starter, but he pitched only three innings, giving up one run. He could end up making two more starts at Charlotte before the calendar flips to September, at which time the White Sox would need to make a decision.

"These notions that I've seen out there that he's going to make three starts at Charlotte then he's coming here, they're going to go to a six-man rotation or they're going to use him out of the bullpen, none of that's been said," Hahn said. "We're going to continue to put challenges in front of this kid. He's responded to each of them so far, and let's see how the next couple go."

After Rodon signed, he made a brief appearance in the Arizona Rookie League before going to Class A Winston Salem, at which he posted a 1.86 ERA in four outings.

"He's coming along quick and he's coming along real well," Hahn said. "Last night was a good outing. We again saw the plus slider, which everyone has seen going back to the college days, as well as the very impressive changeup.

"I saw from his own comments after the game, he had a good feel for where he was in terms of his fastball command not quite being where he needs it to be. But it was his first outing at a high level, and he certainly responded to the challenge."

When Sale was drafted in 2010, he went straight from being a college starter to a relief role, so he has an idea of what Rodon will be going through if he arrives in less than two weeks. Sale pitched the entire 2011 season in relief and was made a starter in 2012.

"The hardest part is the competition and playing every day," Sale said. "I went from pitching once a week in college to being ready to go every single day. In college you play, what, four games a week? You can potentially play in two weeks in a row here sometimes, so that's the biggest adjustment is that every single day there is a game and you have to be prepared regardless of what you did the previous week. Good, bad or indifferent, no matter how many times you had been there, you had to be ready."

If Rodon wants it explained even more thoroughly, Sale is ready.

"Obviously, a few years ago I was in the same position, so any time you go through something, you share what wisdom you have," Sale said. "I'm not going to say I'm going to drop knowledge on him, but, yeah, I'll obviously be there to help in any way I can."

Micah Johnson out as Sox consider call-ups

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Scratch Chicago White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson from the list of potential September roster additions.

Johnson, one of the top position player prospects in the system, will be shut down for the season with a strained left hamstring. He was batting a combined .294 between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season and had been struggling through leg pain of late.

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Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesMicah Johnson, one of the Sox's top position player prospects, will be shut down for the season with a strained left hamstring.
“The other day during an at-bat, he actually felt something in the front by the knee, which led to him being pulled out of the game and being brought to Chicago for evaluation,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said. “It turned out that even though the pain was from the front of the leg, it was actually related to the same hamstring strain. So we’ve elected to shut him down. We’re going to give the strain four to six weeks to heal, and we expect he should be 100 percent and go into next season without restriction.”

So who will the White Sox call up?

The team needs pitching help, especially in the bullpen, but the system is thin on major league-ready arms. First-round draft pick Carlos Rodon remains a strong possibility to see time in a White Sox uniform next month, possibly as a reliever.

Rodon made his Triple-A debut Tuesday night, and the left-hander gave up one run over three innings for Charlotte.

“There has been a lot of speculation about our plans for him in September,” Hahn said. “There is nothing set in stone in terms of him coming here or not coming here. The decision is going to be made strictly based upon his development and his long-term fit for us. If we feel that he has the ability to come up here and compete, excel and learn from the experience, then it’s something we need to talk about internally and make a decision.”

Two likely roster additions will be infielder Marcus Semien and catcher Josh Phegley, who are both on the 40-man roster. Infielder Carlos Sanchez also could be recalled, and Hahn even talked about the possibility that outfielder Jared Mitchell comes up. Mitchell’s minor league career has been marked with ups and downs, but he is currently hitting the ball well in Charlotte.

Another intriguing roster addition would be first baseman Andy Wilkins, who is putting on a power display at Charlotte with 29 home runs, 35 RBIs and 82 RBIs, while slugging .568. The problem with calling up Wilkins is that the White Sox would first need to add him to the 40-man roster.

While the club already has had internal talks about who to add to the roster, Hahn said nothing has been finalized.

“I don’t have an answer on that yet,” he said. “It’s going to be more than a couple. Historically, we’ve been in the five-to-eight range, and we’ll probably be back in that range this year.”

One delicate issue with the extra bodies is that regulars will start losing playing time. Semien could be starting over Gordon Beckham at second base, and Phegley could be cutting into Tyler Flowers’ playing time behind the plate.

“I'm going to talk to [Hahn] about it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “When you get closer to September, if guys are going to get called up and it's going to affect them, then you start talking to them about it. I don't think we’re there right now.”

Rodon goes 3 in Triple-A debut

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Top draft pick Carlos Rodon made quick work of his Triple-A debut Tuesday, giving up one run over three innings for the Charlotte Knights.

The White Sox weren't looking for any more than 60 pitches from the left-hander and were satisfied with his 55-pitch night. He gave up his one earned run and one hit, with three walks and three strikeouts against the Gwinnett Braves.

Rodon was the No. 3 overall selection, and is the first player from this June's draft to reach the Triple-A level this season. There remains a strong possibility the 21-year old will find his way to the major leagues when rosters expand in September.

Before being promoted to Charlotte, Rodon had a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts in four outings (two starts) at Single-A Winston Salem. He also appeared briefly in the Arizona Rookie League after agreeing to a $6.582 million signing bonus.

White Sox move Carlos Rodon to Triple-A

August, 16, 2014
Aug 16
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox promoted first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon to Triple-A Charlotte, increasing the possibility that the left-hander could end up in the major leagues before the season is completed.

After agreeing in July to a $6.582 million signing bonus as the No. 3 overall selection, Rodon first pitched in the Arizona Rookie League before heading to Single-A Winston-Salem. He made just two appearances in Arizona to get his feet wet and four at Winston-Salem, where he posted a 1.86 ERA over 9 2/3 innings.

Rodon will make his Triple-A debut Tuesday in a starting role. He could end up with the White Sox in September when rosters are expanded.

Chris Sale took a similar route to a quick MLB promotion when he was drafted in 2010. Sale pitched in four games at Winston-Salem and then seven at Charlotte before he was brought up to the major leagues that year to work as a reliever.

Rodon could make three starts with Charlotte before a potential September promotion. He likely would pitch out of the bullpen if called up to the White Sox for the final month of the season.

Cupboard not bare as Sox prospects shine

August, 12, 2014
Aug 12
Padilla By Doug Padilla
While the Chicago White Sox look to be running out of gas on the major league level, the farm system is providing plenty of promise.

Three White Sox prospects were named either player or pitcher of the week for their respective leagues. Catcher Josh Phegley was the player of the week last week in the International League, right-hander Chris Bassitt won the pitching honor in the Southern League and right-hander Tyler Danish was pitcher of the week in the Carolina League.

Phegley batted .563 (9-for-16) for Triple-A Charlotte for the week of Aug. 4-10. He hit three home runs, had 13 RBIs and scored seven runs in four games. On Wednesday alone he had a home run and six RBIs and then followed that a day later with two home runs and five RBIs.

Bassitt had just one start at Double-A Birmingham last week but he made it count. The 16th-round pick in the 2011 draft threw six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts.

At Single-A Winston-Salem, Danish has now thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings and is 4-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 40 strikeouts over his last eight outings. Between stints and Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem this year, Danish is 8-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 21 starts. The Florida native was a second-round draft pick in 2013.

White Sox move Rodon to Single-A

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
Padilla By Doug Padilla
DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon, the Chicago White Sox's first-round pick in June's draft, will be activated Wednesday at Class A Winston-Salem.

Rodon made two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League before his promotion, giving up two runs and four hits over three innings.

The left-hander, who was the No. 3 overall selection, is expected to work out of the bullpen for the rest of the season but projects as a starter down the road. The White Sox feel they can better control his work as a reliever.

The promotion raises the question as to whether Rodon could find himself in the major leagues before the season ends.

If the White Sox like what they see, he could be promoted to Triple-A and possibly to the White Sox when rosters expand in September. If that sounds quick, that is the exact same path Chris Sale took in 2010.

Sale was the 13th overall selection that year, pitched four games at Winston-Salem, seven at Triple-A Charlotte and then made his major league debut on Aug. 6, pitching in 21 games. Rodon's timetable appears slower because he signed later than Sale did.



Chris Sale
12 2.17 208 174
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208