SoxFest Interview #3: Carlos Rodon
The 2014 season will be one that Carlos Rodon will never forget. Pitching — and excelling for NC State University — Rodon made a huge name for himself around the baseball world. He was highly touted, highly scouted, and highly regarded as one of the top pitching prospects at the collegiate level. And rightly so.
In his final season at NC State, Rodon broke the school record for strikeouts. He finished the season with 117 in 98.2 IP and the overall record with 436.
When draft day came around, the White Sox selected Rodon with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. A native of Holly Springs, NC, Rodon made his way through the White Sox system after being drafted at the age of 21. He made his professional debut with the Arizona White Sox, before heading home to North Carolina to pitch for the Winston-Salem Dash.
In four games with the Dash — two starts — the 6’3″ left-hander pitched to a 1.93 ERA over 9.1 innings pitched. He fanned 15 batters over that span and earned a promotion to Charlotte, where he continued to excel.
With the Knights, Rodon made three starts — the first two coming at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. In his first Triple-A appearance on August 19 in front of a sold-out crowd, Rodon allowed one run on one hit over three innings. He threw 55 pitches, 35 for strikes.
In his second start with the Knights, Rodon went four innings and struck-out eight batters. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks and tossed 73 pitches. In his final start of the year, Rodon pitched against the Gwinnett Braves in Lawrenceville, GA and threw a season-high five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. Rodon also struck-out seven batters — giving him 18 over his 12 Triple-A innings.
Rodon was a big hit at SoxFest. Fans couldn’t wait to meet him. Media couldn’t wait to talk to him. He certainly has a very bright future ahead.
I caught up with Rodon and we talked about the 2014 season, expectations for the 2015 season, and we joked a bit about which side he sees himself on at the April 3rd exhibition game.