Rodon's pro debut set for next week

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon is on his way to Arizona and is expected to make his professional debut with the Arizona Rookie League White Sox early next week.

The left-handed Rodon, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the June draft, received a signing bonus of $6.582 million last week.

It is expected that the White Sox will have Rodon make a few appearances in the desert and then send him to Single-A Winston-Salem later in the month.

Chris Sale, who was the last White Sox No. 1 pick in 2010, started his professional career at Winston Salem, moved to Triple-A Charlotte after four outings and made his major league debut on Aug. 6 of that year.

Rodon is widely believed to be the player who could move fastest to the major leagues out of this year’s draft, but making his White Sox debut this season figures to be a long shot. The minor league season ends at the end of August.

The North Carolina State product had a 2.01 ERA over 17 outings this past season, and 117 strikeouts with 31 walks in 98 2/3 innings, using a slider as his most dominating pitch.