The Chicago White Sox initially opted to send pitcher Carlos Rodon down to the minors so he could work on his change-up this spring, but on Sunday afternoon the team reversed course as they called up their top pitching prospect to the big league roster.
Rodon, who was selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, will start out in the bullpen for the White Sox according to reports, and the idea is that he will eventually join the starting rotation at some point in the near future, much like Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale did when they were first summoned to the big league club.
Rodon has only pitched in two games so far this season for the triple-A Charlotte Knights, posting a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. He has 13 strikeouts and just four walks so far on the campaign, and he has a 1-0 record in those starts.
The White Sox bullpen has been one of their weak points over the past few seasons, and even with some new names in the mix this year, they can still use some reinforcements. Pitchers like Zach Duke and Dan Jennings are still trying to find their form, but others like David Robertson have looked right at home on the South Side.