Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Tuesday, throwing one inning in the Arizona Rookie League as the White Sox defeated the D-backs, 7-5.
Rodon pitched the fifth inning for the White Sox and struck out one batter and allowed one run on two hits. It was his first game action since May 16, when he won his final start for North Carolina State.
As the White Sox did with Chris Sale after they drafted him 13th overall in 2010, they intend to use Rodon as a reliever for the rest of this season. He will likely make at least one more appearance in the Arizona League before joining Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.
This spring at North Carolina State, Rodon went 6-7 with a 2.01 ERA and struck out 117 batters in 98 2/3 innings. He was the first college player drafted, following high school pitchers Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek.