2014 MLB Draft: Pick No. 3 – Chicago White Sox – Carlos Rodon

by Daniel Levitt | Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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Tipped by many to be the first college player to be drafted in this year’s draft, Carlos Rodon didn’t disappoint, being selected by the Chicago White Sox with the number three overall pick. Out of North Carolina State, the junior was expected to go number one overall a year ago after setting the NCAA Division 1 record for strikeouts with 184, but an inconsistent 2014 hurt his draft stock slightly, and possibly up to $2,000,000 in the process.

With all that said, the White Sox have themselves arguably the most established pitcher in this year’s draft and a sure fire front of the rotation starter in the near future. At 21 years of age and with three years of college baseball experience in the ACC Conference under his belt already, the 6’3 235 lbs lefty may be major league ready within a couple of years. The pipeline for the south-siders is littered with position players, so the insertion of Rodon into the top of the farm system will come to a relief for the city of Chicago, who should be licking their chops.

The Team USA starter was drafted in the 16th round in 2011 by the Milwaukee Brewers, but failed to sign three years ago. He should prove easier to negotiate with this year, but will again be  looking for an above the slot signing bonus, potentially affecting the ability to sign later picks.

Nevertheless, Carlos Rodon will almost certainly be a name you hear for years to come. A 97mph fastball with late life sets up a wipeout slider that has made it look like a man against boys thus far in Roden’s career. If he can develop a third above average pitch in the minor leagues, Roden may well set many strikeout records along the way.

A great start to the 2014 MLB Draft for the Chicago White Sox.

 

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Daniel has been following the minor-leagues since 2012, and is BHC's go-to guy for all things prospects. Daniel is eager to enthral you all with his love and passion for baseball. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielLevitt32. http://daniellevitt32.com/







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