The White Sox selected Texas high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with the No. 13 pick in the MLB Draft -- the same pick the organization used to draft Chris Sale two years ago. Hawkins was the first high school player selected in the first round by the White Sox since 2001.
Hawkins was named the Gatorade Texas high school baseball player of the year following his senior year at Carroll high school in Corpus Christi in which he's posted a .580 OBP and .874 OPS, seeing his home run and stolen base totals reach double-digits.
For what it's worth, Baseball Prospectus minor league expert Kevin Goldstein loves the selection for the Sox:
GREAT pick for White Sox. Shouldn't have been there. Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) June 5, 2012
Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.
On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.
"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."
Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.
"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."
But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.
"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.
"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."
The White Sox have scored the second fewest runs in the American League while the Royals have scored the fewest.
So fans of offense may not find the three-game series between the White Sox and Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Sox have scored 55 runs in 17 games while the Royals have 46 runs in 18 games.
Dan Hayes and Siera Santos talk about what to expect from that series and give updates on Carlos Rodon's injury and timeline for his return and talk about when Yoan Moncada may get promoted from the minors.
Watch the video above to see those topics in the Honda Road Ahead.