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.