Rodon's September plans not yet determined

Rodon's September plans not yet determined

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn would not commit as to whether Carlos Rodon, the team's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the No. 3 selection overall, will be joining the team when rosters expand in September. Hahn was more than willing to praise Rodon's successful ascension through the Minor League ranks after joining the organization in late July.

Rodon struck out three and walked three over three innings in his Triple-A Charlotte debut on Tuesday.

"He's coming along quick and he's coming along real well," said Hahn of Rodon. "Last night was a good outing. We again saw the plus slider, which everyone has seen going back to the college days, as well as the very impressive changeup.

"I saw from his own comments after the game, he had a good feel for where he was in terms of his fastball command not quite being where he needs it to be. But it was his first outing at a high level, and he certainly responded to the challenge."

Hahn said the White Sox aren't running against an innings limit for Rodon, who threw 98 2/3 innings this season for N.C. State. But Hahn wouldn't specify whether Rodon, the club's top-ranked prospect, would be used in relief or as a controlled starter if he joined the White Sox in September..

"There is nothing set in stone in terms of him coming here or not coming here," Hahn said. "The decision is going to be made strictly based upon his development and his long-term fit for us. If we feel that he has the ability to come up here and compete, excel and learn from the experience, then it's something we need to talk about internally and make a decision. If we feel that he's had a good season and he's accomplished what he needs to accomplish in his first year as a pro, then he likely doesn't come up."

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