Before the game tonight, the Chicago White Sox have made a few changes to their roster which should bring some excitement and anticipation to the ballclub.
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They purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Rodon from AAA Charlotte. Rodon, the organizations top prospect is expected to begin his MLB career out of the bullpen. There is a strong chance that he could be moved to the starting rotation by season’s end, but the Sox don’t want to rush that.
Additionally the Sox recalled Jake Petricka from the 15-day DL and place Javy Guerra on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation. The Sox also designated Kyle Drabek for assignment.
Rodon, the number 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft is the big key. We will see if he makes his debut tonight or sometime this week.
The Sox will begin a 3-game set with Cleveland tonight.
It’s not a secret that the Chicago White Sox have had Carlos Rodon atop their draft board for quite some time. In fact, for most teams, including the White Sox he was at the top of their board for over the last two years. Once the White Sox knew that they would be picking near the top of this year’s 2014 MLB First year player draft, the Sox eyes had to have gotten a bit wider. But what was the likely-hood of Rodon falling to the 3rd overall pick since he was coveted by so many?
Sometimes, dreams do come true I guess as the White Sox got their man. Yes they would have been satisfied with either Brady Aiken, who went first overall to the Houston Astros or Tyler Kolek who went second overall to the Miami Marlins, but the Sox just fell in love with Rodon. Yes, he may be difficult to sign as he is represented by the ruthless Scott Boras, but this is the guy they wanted all along.
Rodon, unlike the first two picks is a college pitcher. The Sox love that. They would much rather prefer a player with college experience as opposed to fresh out of high school. The N.C. State product is by far the most polished pitcher in this year’s draft class.
The 21-yr old left-handed Rodon is 6’3, 235 pounds and has a vast array of pitches. His fastball can be anywhere from 91-94 and he has as quoted by some scouts “the best slider that has been seen in years.” In 2012 as a freshman he was named ACC pitcher of the year, all consensus freshman pitcher of the year, first team All-America and had numerous other awards. As a sophomore he was USA baseball player of the year and 2nd team All-America and won more hardware too. This year as a Junior he became the first player in N.C. State history to record 400 strikeouts and just the 4th in the ACC to ever accomplish that feat. In three years he was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA for N.C. State.
The question for Rodon is can the Sox sign him. It has been said that that Rodon, could want as much as the No. 1 slot money of $7,922,100. I am sure Boras will go for that even though the 3rd slot is projected to get $5,721,500. We will see. Either way, the Sox got their man and could not be happier.
With the their 2nd round pick (44th overall) the Sox took right-handed pitcher Spencer Adams from White County High School in Georgia. Adams was projected to go in the first round. MLB.com’s Jim Callis Thursday had Adams projected as a first-rounder, going at No. 22 to the Dodgers and he was ranked 27th overall so the Sox feel that they got a steal that late in the draft.
Today will be rounds 3-10 of the draft. LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
John Danks has had some tough losses so far thus season. He has pitched well, yet was unable to get a victory either because the offense was missing, the bullpen blew the lead or his defense let him down. Last night however he took matters into his own hands.
After allowing a lead-off single to Dee Gordon to begin his night and a walk to Hanley Ramirez later in the inning, Danks was just about perfect after that. Although he hit two batters and walked two more, he didn’t allow another hit until Dee Gordon’s double in the bottom of the 8th inning. He would leave the game after that and although a run would score that would be charged to him, he would get the win. Danks pitched a solid 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking three, hitting two batters, and striking out five for the win.
Zach Putnam and Scott Downs would record the final two outs of the frame but not without some fireworks. With a 2-0 lead and Dee Gordon at third after a steal, Putnam walked Yasiel Puig to put runners at the corners. Robin Ventura did not like the call however and was tossed for arguing balls-and-strikes. I haven’t seen Robin that angry in awhile. The ball appeared to catch the bottom inside corner of the zone, but none the less, the Sox had some work to do.
Putnam was able to get Hanley Ramirez to ground into a force out but the run scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Putnam did a good job holding Puig at first allowing for the force out to occur. Scott Downs would then enter the game and get Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to short to end the threat.
In the 9th, Ronald Bellisario had yet another nice inning for the 2nd straight night for his 5th save and the series victory. The win pushes the White Sox record to 31-30 on the season and more importantly just three games back of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers.
The Sox were given the 2-1 win thanks to a little bit of offense off of Josh Beckett. Leury Garcia hit his first homer of the season with a monster homer to deep center field in the 3rd inning. Straight away center measures 395 feet from home, the hit was clearly over 400-feet. It was a blast for a little man. One inning later, Adam Dunn went deep off Beckett for his 449th homer of his career. That was all Chicago needed on this night.
Tomorrow night, after a day off today, the White Sox will begin a 3-game weekend set with the Los Angles Angels (31-27). That series begins Friday night at 10:05pm ET. Andre Rienzo (4-2; 4.26 ERA) will take on Jered Weaver (6-4; 3.33 ERA). Weaver has struggled in his last few outings, so hopefully the Sox are catching him at the right time.
Also even though the Sox have a day off today–tonight is an important night for their future as the MLB 2014 first year player draft is tonight. The Chicago White Sox have the 3rd overall pick. The draft coverage begins at 6pm tonight on MLB.com and MLB Network tonight.
The Sox will most likely take one of three pitchers who are expected to be the top 3 picks. Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken, a pitcher from Cathedral Catholic High School in California, Carlos Rondon a left-handed pitcher from NC State and Tyler Kolek a right-handed pitcher from Shepard High School in Texas.
The Sox would love to get Rondon since they crave college pitchers rather than HS guys, but if either Aiken or Kolek are there, I can’t see them passing on them. The only other man I can see the Sox taking outside of these three is Aaron Nola a right handed pitcher out of LSU.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!