Rodon, the former N.C. State standout, was selected by the White Sox with the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. The 22-year-old made it to Triple-A Charlotte in his first professional season and has made two starts their this season.
Before the season, Rodon was rated as the 15th best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. Now, less than a year since being drafted, Rodon has been tapped to help the big league club.
During the spring Rodon made five starts, allowing six runs over 17 and 2/3 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts and five walks. Rodon will initially pitch out of the bullpen for the White Sox, although it shouldn't take long for Rodon to force his way into that rotation.
What does Rodon mean for Chicago's rotation?
Both John Danks and Hector Noesi are on Rodon-watch, as they are the bottom of the rotation and would be easily replaced by Rodon if he were to get off to a hot start.
Starting Rodon in the bullpen also allows the White Sox coaches to monitor his innings, as he will obviously being on a innings limit during his rise to the major league rotation.
This isn't the first time that the White Sox are doing this with one of their top pitching talents. They did the same thing with current ace Chris Sale, who spent his first two major league seasons in the bullpen. Rodon most likely won't spend the entire season in the bullpen, but the White Sox have confidence in this approach and they have a pretty good track record with it working out in the past.