After finally signing N.C. State product Carlos Rodon to a franchise-record rookie contract last Friday, we’ve learned more about the approach the White Sox will take with their number one overall prospect.
The $6.582 million man will debut in the Arizona Rookie League soon after the weekend. He had reported to High-A Winston-Salem, where he should be again soon.
According to General Manager Rick Hahn, the plan is to work him exclusively out of the bullpen this year, much like they did with Chris Sale a few years back.
He’ll get a couple outings under his belt in Arizona next week before being promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash of Advanced-A ball on July 28.
From GM Rick Hahn …
The first time out this week will be a one-inning stint. The second outing maybe two. He’s going to work out of the pen. We’re not going to use him as a starter this season simply because it’s easier to manage his outings and his workload.
From there, the team will just want to get several looks at him and if all goes well, he could be promoted very quickly. Though there’s absolutely no guarantee that Rodon will follow Sale’s exact path to the big leagues, it’s worth noting that Sale only made four appearances for the Dash before being promoted to AAA Charlotte.
“I’ve probably shied away from Chris Sale comparisons,” Hahn said, “but at least from the developmental standpoint, how we handled Chris that first year is similar to how we’ll handle Carlos this year.”
So with that cleared up, I’d put it at at least a 60% chance that we see Rodon in the big leagues at some point in 2014. As a reliever, he should look solid right away and will be able to get a feel for the big league game for about a month or so before heading into his first professional offseason.