The Chicago White Sox signed first-round pick Carlos Rodon on Wednesday for a $6.582 million signing bonus, the team announced on Friday.
The left-hander out of North Carolina State was the third overall selection in the 2014 first-year player draft. He is considered to be one of the most major league-ready players selected in the June draft and is expected to ascend quickly through the minor leagues.
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Rodon, 21, was 25-10 during his three seasons at NC State with a 2.24 ERA. He pitched eight complete games with 436 strikeouts in 345 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Rodon entered the draft ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 college prospect and the No. 3 prospect overall.
The recommended bonus slot for the No. 3 selection in the draft was slated at $5.72 million. Rodon has been advised by agent Scott Boras.
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale also had a quick climb through the club's minor league system. After he was drafted in the first round (13th overall) in 2010, Sale made four appearances for Winston-Salem before he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. After seven appearances in Triple-A, he was in the major leagues; he made 21 appearances for the White Sox in 2010.