The White Sox are extremely pleased with Carlos Rodon and it has nothing to do with his two scoreless innings on Sunday night.
Of course they want him to have good results on the mound and Sunday’s appearance at Single-A Winston-Salem was the first in which he hasn’t allowed a run so far in four games.
But the stat line -- Rodon has 10 strikeouts in six innings and has allowed four runs and six hits with three walks -- isn’t the priority right now. It’s the talent Rodon possesses and the way he has handled pitching in his backyard that has the White Sox most interested.
“We’re looking at his stuff,” said Nick Capra, the White Sox director of player development. “We’re not looking at the results right now and not only that but the presence he has on the mound. Unbelievable. He almost looks like he’s out of place where he’s pitching right now.
“He has got a lot of presence. Things don’t look like they bother him. He’s a little amped up obviously, his first go-around, almost pitching at home. He’s the real deal.”
Though he has only been in the organization a little more than two weeks, Rodon has impressed the club with his work ethic.
The talent they knew.
Scouts could spot his great three-pitch mix, including a mid-90s fastball, electric slider and good changeup.
“One thing that has stood out the most as we've gotten to know him better is his professionalism,” general manager Rick Hahn said last week. “We’ve all seen the stuff, but once you get to know the player and his makeup, and it’s confirmed what our scouts had in their report, it certainly gives you a good feeling and bodes very well for his future.”
Carpa has seen Rodon in person once and watched his game film from Sunday’s appearance. He said Rodon spotted his fastball to both sides of the plate Sunday while mixing in a good slider and changeup and looks forward to seeing more.
“He’s going to be a really exciting pitcher to watch,” Capra said.