Sox Add Another Piece to the Puzzle, No. 1 Pick Carlos Rodon

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Today’s News

An Important Sign(ing)

The White Sox have signed left-hander Carlos Rodon, their first-round pick (third overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to a minor-league contract with a $6.582-million signing bonus.

According to GM Rick Hahn, Rodon (pictured above) will work out with high Class A Winston-Salem this week but won’t be active until he builds up his arm strength. More from Hahn:

“We’re thrilled to add Carlos to our organization today. We feel he fits best with our plan to turn things around and get this thing on track and get it on track quickly. We view him how the rest of the industry views him–as a premium front-end starter with the ability to help us in Chicago in the not-too-distant future.”

Rodon, a 21-year-old junior, was named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 after going 6-7 with a 2.01 ERA, three complete games, 117 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average over 14 starts with North Carolina State University. 

Rodon ranked among the Division I leaders in strikeouts (ninth) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (10th, 10.67) and was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list for the third straight season. 

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Rodon entered the draft ranked by Baseball America as the No.1 college prospect and the No. 3 prospect overall and by MLB.com as the No. 2 overall prospect.

Following his sophomore season, Rodon was honored as the USA Baseball Player of the Year and was named a Second Team All-American by Louisville Slugger.  He went 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA, eight complete games, 436 strikeouts and a .201 opponent average over his three-year career at N.C. State. 

The left-hander is a two-time selection to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.  He tossed 6.2 scoreless IP and allowed just two hits with 11 strikeouts in a win over Cuba in the 2013 World Cup tournament.

Rodon was recommended by White Sox scout Abe Fernandez.

Tonight’s Game: Sox Shoot for Hot Finish Before the Break

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber  (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.

Noesi will be making his 14th start with the White Sox since being acquired from Texas, has made six quality starts and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.90 since arriving in Chicago. He earned his third win on July 6 vs. Seattle, one of his former teams, allowing five hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6.2 scoreless innings. 

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Garcia 2B.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie homered last night for the third straight game at Fenway Park, this time a two-run, ninth-inning pinch-hit blast that tied the game at 3-3 (click link below), but the Sox fell to the Red Sox, 4-3, in the 10th…Jose Abreu singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run, Adam Eaton singled three times, scored a run and made another spectacular catch (see Photo/Video of the Day) plus Alexei Ramirez singled twice, doubled and scored…Jose Quintana had a perfect game through five innings and tossed seven in all, allowing three runs, two hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.

http://atmlb.com/1r0T98T

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Abreu’s Historic Season

http://atmlb.com/1s3i8sn

Sox Prospect’s Streak Continues

Birmingham’s Rangel Ravelo (pictured below) extended his Class AA Southern League-best hitting streak to 26 games last night with a single. The streak is one shy of the longest in the minor leagues this season and ranks third in team history. Ravelo is now hitting .323.

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White Sox Hall of Famer Nellie Fox 

Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

Another unbelievable play by Eaton:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/51231442/v34465269

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