CLEVELAND — Chris Sale has been in Carlos Rodon’s shoes before, being drafted with the knowledge that the major leagues are a heartbeat away.
The three-time All-Star is excited for the chance to work with Rodon, who is polished and close to major league ready. Sale said Rodon — who could pitch for the White Sox this season — could reach the majors soon by keeping it simple.
“The biggest part is doing the same stuff you’ve done and not getting away from what got you where you are and trying to do the same that you were and throwing strikes,” Sale said. “At any level, throwing strikes is the biggest part of pitching.”
The White Sox selected Sale with the 13th pick in the 2010 amateur draft and didn’t take long to sign with the club. Later that summer he made his major league debut on Aug. 4, 2010.
Rodon, who signed on Friday, is at Single-A Winston-Salem, working out and throwing sidelines this week. He’ll be introduced in Chicago on Friday and at that point the club will determine where he’s headed next. Sale said he just worried about his job and not when he might make the majors.
“My focus was mainly just on pitching,” Sale said. “You are not worried about the ifs, ands or buts. It has been a whirlwind just being in a different scenario in a different game. Professional baseball is different from college baseball. Your main focus is pitching and playing baseball.”