Rodon goes to White Sox with No. 3 overall pick
I thought the White Sox would select LSU starter Aaron Nola Thursday with their highest pick (No. 3 overall) since Harold Baines was the first player drafted in 1977.
I was wrong, which is hardly a shock.
The Sox did fill their biggest need by taking a starter, and it was North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, who dropped below high school pitchers Brady Aiken (first overall to Astros) and Tyler Kolek (second overall to Marlins).
In Rodon, the White Sox are getting a superior talent, no question. The 21-year-old pitcher was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA in three seasons at N.C. State, and he was widely viewed as the No. 1 overall pick leading into Thursday’s First-Year Player draft.
Much like current ace Chris Sale in 2010, Rodon could up with the Sox later this season and be a weapon out of the bullpen.
And Rodon could be in the rotation in ‘15.
I was thinking Nola because he is a talented right-handed college pitcher on a similar fast track to the big leagues, and the Sox already have three left-handers – Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks – in their rotation.
The White Sox obviously feel Rodon, a la Sale, can get anybody out, especially with his wipeout slider.
Assuming the White Sox come to terms quickly with Rodon and his agent, Scott Boras, the present and the future are looking bright on the South Side.