Carlos Rodon threw about 1,600 pitches over 14 starts with North Carolina State this spring, but the White Sox weren't scared off by his collegiate workload in taking him with the No. 3 pick in Thursday's MLB Draft.
From April 11-25, Rodon threw 381 pitches over three starts (134 pitches, 115 pitches and 132 pitches). But, as White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann pointed out, Rodon -- like most college starters -- pitched those starts on seven days rest.
"We talked a lot about when we get some of these college pitchers, them pitching on seven days versus the five days," Laumann said, "and (creating) a plan for perhaps moving them to a six-day rotation so they ease into that five day plan. But we'll certainly be cautious with whatever the approach is."
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Rodon was N.C. State's Friday starter, taking the mound for the first game of weekend series generally against fellow ACC teams. College baseball's schedule dictates six, seven or eight-day breaks for starting pitchers, with three-game weekend series sandwiching midweek games generally against lesser opponents.
Over 98 2/3 innings with N.C. State in 2014, Rodon posted a 2.07 ERA with a 117/31 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That's what the White Sox were looking at more than anything, with Rodon's fastball-slider-changeup combo and 6-foot-3, 234-pound frame convincing the front office he was worth taking third overall.
"I'm not in the business of predicting arm injuries," Laumann said. "We're in the business of evaluating players."