White Sox move Rodon to Single-A

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.