CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox promoted first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon to Triple-A Charlotte, increasing the possibility that the left-hander could end up in the major leagues before the season is completed.
After agreeing in July to a $6.582 million signing bonus as the No. 3 overall selection, Rodon first pitched in the Arizona Rookie League before heading to Single-A Winston-Salem. He made just two appearances in Arizona to get his feet wet and four at Winston-Salem, where he posted a 1.86 ERA over 9 2/3 innings.
Rodon will make his Triple-A debut Tuesday in a starting role. He could end up with the White Sox in September when rosters are expanded.
Chris Sale took a similar route to a quick MLB promotion when he was drafted in 2010. Sale pitched in four games at Winston-Salem and then seven at Charlotte before he was brought up to the major leagues that year to work as a reliever.
Rodon could make three starts with Charlotte before a potential September promotion. He likely would pitch out of the bullpen if called up to the White Sox for the final month of the season.