Carlos Rodon was impressive enough in Saturday’s spot start–throwing six innings of two-run ball against the Reds–that the White Sox have decided to move the 22-year-old top prospect into the rotation full time.
Rodon, who began the season at Triple-A and then spent some time in the White Sox’s bullpen, will start Friday against the A’s.
Selected with the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, the 6-foot-3 left-hander reached the majors after logging a total of just 34 innings in the minors and has posted a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings for the White Sox.
His command comes and goes, so expect Rodon to struggle with walks at times, but he has electric raw stuff that includes a mid-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider. He’s a helluva upgrade over Hector Noesi.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka took the mound today for his first bullpen session since being placed back on the disabled list, throwing 30 pitches at the team’s spring training complex in Florida.
Tanaka has been on the DL since April 29 with a strained forearm and wrist tendinitis. There’s no timetable yet for his return to the Yankees’ active roster and he’s not expected back before June.
However, after throwing Tanaka told reporters he was “happy about it” and “didn’t feel anything” wrong with his arm.
Prior to being shut down again Tanaka started four games with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 innings despite pitching much differently than he did before last season’s elbow problems.
Cody Asche has been the Phillies’ starting third baseman since mid-2013, but now they’re sending him back to Triple-A to transition from third base to left field.
Asche hitting just .247 with a .686 OPS in 201 career games obviously played a part as well, because if he’d hit, say, .287 with a .786 OPS and they wanted him to shift to the outfield it likely wouldn’t involve a demotion to the minors.
Asche spent most of 2013 at Triple-A, hitting .295 with 15 homers and an .837 OPS in 104 games. He’s never seen game action in the outfield as a professional, minors or majors.
Maikel Franco, a 22-year-old prospect currently playing at Triple-A, is projected as the Phillies’ long-term third baseman and could be ready for a call-up soon.