Carlos Rodon appears to be White Sox focus as draft approaches

Carlos Rodon appears to be White Sox focus as draft approaches
May 24, 2014, 1:30 pm
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The amateur draft is only 13 days away and two publications have the White Sox selecting pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick.

MLB.com and BaseballAmerica.com published mock drafts on Friday and both have the White Sox selecting the North Carolina State left-handed pitcher with their first-round selection.

Baseball American also mentioned Louisiana State right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola as a possible selection for the White Sox.

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This is the White Sox highest pick since they selected Alex Fernandez fourth overall in 1990. The team had to endure a 99-loss campaign, the fourth-worst season in franchise history, to get here.

“It’s certainly not a position you aim to be in but once you are you may as well enjoy the benefits of it,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “We’re positioned to have a very robust draft. We’ve allocated the largest pool in franchise history and we have the ability to not only get at least the third best player in the country, but each round pick toward the top and get even better players throughout the first couple days. We’re excited for it. We hope we’re not in the position for it in the near future, but for now it will be a nice step forward for our system, an injection of young talent that’s going to continue this process we started two years back.”

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Rodon, 21, is 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA over three seasons at NC State, whose season is already over. He struck out 436 batters and walked 117 in 346 innings.

Nola, 20, has a 29-6 mark with a 2.10 ERA over three seasons. He has 338 strikeouts and only 51 walks in 325 innings. LSU is still alive in the SEC semifinals.