Sox Grab N.C. State Lefty Carlos Rodon With Third Pick in Tonight’s Draft
Thursday, June 5, 2014
North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is the newest White Sox, selected tonight with the third pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Rodon, 21, was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA in three seasons with the Wolfpack. He has a mid-90s fastball and considered by most to have the best slider in the draft.
“(Rodon) was the consensus guy we targeted since his sophomore season,” said Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann. “With his type of fastball and slider he would be a guy on the so-called the fast track, but it’s unfair to say he’ll be on the same track Sale was on (Chris came up to the White Sox just weeks after he was drafted).
“We’re excited because number one, we know how competitive this kid is. The most important thing is we get started on getting him comfortable with the organization.”
With their second-round pick (44th overall), the Sox selected Spencer Adams (pictured below), a right-handed pitcher from White County High School in Georgia. Adams has a 95 mph fastball and struck out 90 in 52 innings this season.
“He’s a real athletic kid,” said Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler. “He’s an exciting player, projectable but also shows now stuff. His makeup is off the charts, we’re happy he got to us. It’s a very, very exciting addition based off adding as many quality arms as we possibly can.”
Another Sox-related draft note: Conor Gillaspie‘s brother Casey was selected by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in the first round. He’s a switch-hitting first baseman out of Wichita State, which is also where Conor played his college ball.
Plays of the Day
The discussion in the Sox clubhouse after last night’s impressive 2-1 win over the Dodgers centered on this question: What was the game’s highlight, Leury Garcia‘s first career home run or John Danks‘ second career hit? And the lively conversation didn’t even include Adam Dunn’s solo homer, his ninth of the season and 449th of his career, tying him for 36th place with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero on the all-time home run list. Click on this link and watch Dunn go deep. http://m.mlb.com/video/v33443173
Another highlight that should have been in the mix was Danks’ third straight dominant start, as he allowed just one run and two hits over 7.1 innings to win his fourth game of the year. He has given up just three earned runs and 13 hits in his last 22.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and four walks.
Sox Notes of Note
With last night’s victory the White Sox won the series vs. the Dodgers, two games to one. They also moved a game over .500 at 31-30 and now trail the first-place Tigers by just 2.5 games in the American League Central. The second-place Sox have gained 6 1/2 games on Detroit since May 18.
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Quote of the Day
The great Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully taking note of the size difference between White Sox teammates Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn.
“Garcia looks like he fell out of Dunn’s pocket.”
After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33) for LA.
Photo/Video of the Day
Career round-tripper No. 1 for Leury: