White Sox top pick Rodon debuts at Class A

White Sox top pick Rodon debuts at Class A

DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon made his debut for Class A Winston-Salem on Wednesday afternoon by throwing one inning against Frederick during a 12-2 victory for the Dash. The 21-year-old southpaw allowed two runs on one hit, striking out three and walking two.

In three Minor League appearances since the first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft signed with the organization, Rodon has fanned eight in four innings between stops with the Dash and the Arizona Rookie League White Sox.

"He's still getting his feet wet in pro ball, obviously, but one thing that has stood out the most as we've gotten to know him better is his professionalism and work ethic," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "He's extremely talented.

"We've all seen the stuff, but once you get to know the player and his makeup, and it's confirmed what our scouts had in their reports, it certainly gives you a good feeling. It bodes very well for his future."

There's a solid chance Rodon, the organization's top prospect, could see time with the White Sox bullpen this season, following the Chris Sale development path from 2010. Sale was the 13th pick overall that season, compared to Rodon at No. 3 in '14, and appeared in 11 games combined between Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte before getting the call.

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