White Sox prospect Carlos Rodon will not start on Monday against the Blue Jays as previously scheduled. Hector Noesi will start instead, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. The club is trying to limit the amount of innings the 22-year-old puts on his arm in his first year in the big leagues.
Rodon, taken third overall in the 2014 draft, has struggled over his first three starts, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 17/15 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. The White Sox haven’t announced when Rodon will take the mound next, but it is expected to be sometime during the week.
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.
MLB has suspended Reds first baseman Joey Votto one game for making contact with an umpire after being ejected Wednesday and he’s decided to serve the suspension tonight against the White Sox.
Kristopher Negron will start in his place and bat ninth versus White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi, who has a 6.75 ERA and is probably very happy to avoid Votto.
Here’s video of the incident, so you can judge for yourself:
Votto is having a fantastic bounceback season after being limited to 62 games by injuries last year, hitting .311 with seven homers and a .986 OPS to re-establish himself as an MVP-caliber force in the middle of the Reds’ lineup.
Jeff Samardzija officially dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension on Wednesday, temporarily opening a spot in the White Sox starting rotation.
And top prospect Carlos Rodon is going to fill it.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the 22-year-old lefty will make his first major league start on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field against the visiting Reds. Rodon was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on April 20 and has been working out of the White Sox bullpen for the past two weeks, boasting a 2.84 ERA and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Rodon, the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of North Carolina State University, struck out 51 batters in 34 1/3 minor league frames before the White Sox opted to promote him to the bigs.
He should eventually replace John Danks or Hector Noesi in Chicago’s rotation.
We first heard about these kevlar domes that can be place inside pitchers’ caps a few years back. They’re made by a company called Unequal Technologies. At the time, Major League Baseball was looking into the product and it was said that they were trying to accelerate the timetable of their production. They have yet to be approved, however, as the product has undergone changes in the past couple of years. In the meantime, MLB has introduced a padded cap made by another company that, at present, no player is wearing.
Over the weekend, CSNChicago.com mentioned that White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi was wearing the Unequal Technologies padding in his cap. Today Willie Weinbaum of ESPN.com reports that six different pitchers were using it:
An MLB executive told “Outside the Lines” on Sunday that it was looking into the use of the Dome inserts and was reserving comment. Pitchers are free to wear protective headgear of their choice, as long as it doesn’t interfere with competition or with MLB licensing agreements.
Interesting stuff. And not just because “Unequal Technologies” sounds like the name of a company from a lost Ayn Rand novel or, like, a G.I. Joe cartoon.