CARLOS Antonio RODON
Image of Los
Nickname:   Los Position:   LHP
Home: N/A Team:   WHITE SOX
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 235 Throws:   L
DOB: 12/10/1992 Agent: Boras Corp.
Uniform #: 55  
Birth City: Miami, FL
Draft: White Sox #1 - 2014 - Out of No. Carolina State Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2014 IL CHARLOTTE   3 12 9 18 8 3 0 0 0 0 0   3.00
2014 CAR WINSTON-SALEM   4 9.2 7 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 0   1.86
2014 AZL AZL-White Sox   2 3 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   6.00
2015 IL CHARLOTTE   2 10 8 13 4 2 0 0 0 1 0   3.60
2015 AL WHITE SOX   26 139.1 130 139 71 23 1 0 0 9 6 0.251 3.75
2016 AL WHITE SOX $518.00 28 165 176 168 54 28 0 0 0 9 10 0.273 4.04
2016 IL CHARLOTTE   1 3.2 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1   4.91
2017 IL CHARLOTTE   3 13.2 17 11 7 3 0 0 0 0 3   9.22
2017 CAR WINSTON-SALEM   1 3.1 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 1   13.50
2017 AL WHITE SOX   12 69.1 64 76 31 12 0 0 0 2 5 0.246 4.15
2018 IL CHARLOTTE   3 12.2 10 22 5 3 0 0 0 1 0   1.42
2018 SAL KANNAPOLIS   1 5 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1.80
2018 AL WHITE SOX   20 120.2 97 90 55 20 0 0 0 6 8 0.22 4.18
2019 AL WHITE SOX $4,200.00 7 34.2 33 46 17 7 0 0 0 3 2 0.239 5.19
2020 AL WHITE SOX $1,648.00 4 7.2 9 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.29 8.22
Today's Game Notes
  • Oct 12, 2021: m It was quite a year for left-hander Carlos Rodón, who went from being non-tendered by the White Sox in December to experiencing a breakout season and starting Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Astros.
    Rodón -- who was bothered by left shoulder soreness down the stretch -- emptied the tank against the Astros, reaching as high as 99
    .4 mph with his fastball, but he ultimately was charged with two runs over 2 2/3 innings in a 10-1 loss at Guaranteed Rate Field that ended the White Sox season. And with Rodón a free agent after signing a one-year deal worth $3 million in February, it could’ve been his last appearance in a White Sox uniform, although he didn’t address that possibility after the game.

    "It was a fun ride
    . It ended a little shorter than we thought as a team," Rodón said. "But, you know, we enjoyed the time together."

  • Rodón is set for a significant raise this offseason. He was elite when healthy, going 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 24 starts and becoming an All-Star for the first time in his seven-year career with Chicago. He struck out 185 batters and walked just 36 in 132 2/3 innings, finally putting it all together and showing he had recovered from Tommy John surgery that limited him to a combined 13 appearances from 2019-20.
     
    Rodón, though, saw his velocity fade down the stretch and threw just 43 innings in the second half of the season due to shoulder issues
    . But his velocity returned against the Astros, including a strikeout of Alex Bregman on a 98.8 mph fastball in the first inning. It was his fastest pitch since July 6 and much harder than in his last outing on Sept. 29, when his heater maxed out at 92.7 mph.
     
    "I knew about a couple of days ago I felt pretty close to normal,” Rodón said
    . “And then you add in the amazing crowd. First time for me to see some playoff games at home, and it was something special.

    But after holding the Astros scoreless through two innings, Rodón saw it unravel in the third
    . He hit Jose Altuve with a fastball and walked both Bregman and Yordan Alvarez to load the bases with two outs. He nearly escaped the jam, getting ahead of Carlos Correa with an 0-2 count, but he gave up a two-run double on an elevated fastball to end his afternoon.
     
    "I thought he did exactly what he did all year, he gave us everything he had," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said
    . "He gave up the base hit with two outs, but he was out there firing from the beginning. He was competing. It's exactly what he gave us all year to the extent that he had the stamina, so we all felt very good about his effort."

    Rodón was part of a talented White Sox rotation that led the AL in ERA but struggled in the postseason against the Astros
    . Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and Rodón combined to allow 14 runs in 12 1/3 innings for a 10.22 ERA in the four-game series.

    Rodón knows it’s a possibility and didn’t immediately head to the clubhouse after the game, wanting to soak it all in from the dugout despite the loss
    .

    “You just kind of think through the season you had,” Rodón said
    . “And then you look at the guys out on the field that are cheering in front of you. For me, I wanted that feeling. That's why I just sat there -- sat there and watched just for a little extra motivation and let that sit there for me.

    Rodón also thanked the White Sox fans for their support over the years
    . He dealt with injuries and the expectations that come with being the No. 3 overall pick in 2014 MLB Draft, but still put together a memorable 2021 season.

    “It's been an interesting road for me, and just to have the opportunity to pitch an important game, it meant a lot,” Rodón said
    . “So thank you, White Sox fans, and thank you to the organization.” (Spring 2021)

Personal
  • Rodon's parents are both Cuban-Americans; his father was born in Cuba. Carlos Rodon Sr., who works in retail, and his wife Julie, a paralegal, were raising Carlos and his older sister Carolynn in South Florida and describe Carlos as “obsessed” with baseball from an early age.

    The elder Carlos, who bequeathed some of his physicality to his son and namesake, was a wrestler and football player in his day but fed his son’s obsession. Both recall the younger Carlos attempting to clear the canal behind the family’s home south of Miami with a Wiffle ball and red plastic bat.

  • In 2011, Carlos's senior year at Holly Springs High School in North Carolina, he committed to a baseball scholarship to North Carolina State. And he did not sign with the Brewers when they chose him in the 16th round in 2011, preferring N.C. State.

    Back spasms and diminished velocity had dropped him to the 16th round, so he turned down the Brewers offer of $500,000. His velocity jumped in college thanks to an improved strength and conditioning program and better mechanics.

  • Rodon says he never gets tired of playing baseball. And he never worries about wearing out his strong left arm. "I love playing baseball. I don't think there is any danger of burning out or getting tired of playing baseball," Carlos said.
  • In 2012, Rodon won Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year Award. He earned first-team All-America honors by going 9-0, 1.57 ERA, with 135 strikeouts and 41 walks in 115 innings. He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s pitcher of the year and freshman of the year after leading the Wolfpack to a super regional.

  • In 2013, Carlos led the nation in strikeouts (184) and SO/9 (12.5), then dominated with Team USA that summer.

    As one scouting director said early in 2014, Rodon has staked a claim as college baseball’s best player ever since he set foot on campus in Raleigh.

  • Carlos is a big, burly lefthander who will always have to keep an eye on his conditioning.

  • Sometimes, Rodon can fall on the side of cocky and arrogant, at other times on the side of confident. He knows he overstepped the line as a prep senior, when he led Holly Springs High to a state title. In the semifinal series against Wilmington’s Ashley High, Holly Springs rallied to win the opening game of a three-game set in walk-off fashion, and the team calmed down enough to line up for a post-game handshake. But as Rodon shook Ashley coach Brian Stewart’s hand, he bragged, “You guys just lost the series, because I’m on the mound tomorrow.”

    As it turns out, Rodon didn’t even pitch, instead helping win the series with his bat. He regrets his braggadocio to Stewart, but he also believes his confidence has helped produce his success, which included a state 4-A championship that year for Holly Springs.

    “Carlos is going to be Carlos,” says NC State catcher Brett Austin, both Rodon’s batterymate and roommate. “He’s almost a Jekyll and Hyde, because off the field, he’ll do anything for you. He’s a great guy, a good roommate. But on the field, I like to say he goes into ‘beast mode.’ He just snaps into another person. I know Coach (Elliott) Avent and him have talked about his body language, and trying to tone that down a little bit but not lose that edge.

    “It seems like all the greats find a different intensity, a special competitiveness, on the field. Deion Sanders was ‘Prime Time’ on the field but Deion off it, you know? Great players seem to snap into that different mentality.” (John Manuel - Baseball America - March 2014)

  • June 2014: Rodon was the White Sox's first-round pick (#3 overall), out of N.C. State.

    Carlos became the highest-drafted player in Wolfpack baseball history, surpassing the mark of No. 26 overall set by Dan Plesac in 1983. Rodon and Trea Turner are the first three-time All-Americans in Wolfpack baseball history. 

    The White Sox selected him with the third overall pick, behind high school pitchers Brady Aiken (Astros) and Tyler Kolek (Marlins).  (Merkin - mlb.com - 6/6/14)

  • July 11, 2014: Rodon signed with the White Sox, via scout Abraham Fernandez. His bonus was $6.6. The recommended bonus slot for the No. 3 selection in the draft was slated at $5.7 million. Rodon has been advised by agent Scott Boras.

    "We did a lot of background research on this kid,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said. “We are very comfortable with his makeup and his competitiveness and his intensity and his drive to be as good as he can be, and be that front-end type starter that we envision.

  • Asked if he had gotten any special items after receiving a franchise-record $6,582,000 signing bonus, Rodon said that he bought a vehicle. "Another Jeep," Rodon said. "A nicer Jeep." (Merkin – mlb.com – 3/2/15)

  • In 2015, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Rodon as the #1 prospect in the White Sox organization.

  • During 2015 spring training, Carlos said regarding interesting interactions with fans, "One guy told me I had the nicest hair on the staff. I was like, 'I didn't know that. I'll take that as a compliment.'"

  • There's more to Rodon than his wipeout slider and calm personal demeanor put up against his bulldog bravado on the mound. For example, Rodon is an avid fisherman and hunter who has just taken up deer hunting.

    In the spring of 2014, Rodon went fly-fishing in the Appalachian Mountains and caught a 22 1/2-inch rainbow trout. "Nothing too special. A nice-sized fish," Rodon said. "It was a fun fight." (Merkin – mlb.com – 3/2/15)  

  • Rodon enjoys the city of Chicago. "Great places to eat, nice people," Rodon said. "Beautiful town. Beautiful city. A little upbeat, a little fast-paced for me, but I like it." (Merkin – mlb.com – 3/2/15)

  • Manager Robin Ventura thinks Rodon is advanced among players his age, given his physical tools and mental makeup. "He's a more mature kid than a lot of guys that come in here," Ventura said. "He's a horse. He's big and strong. All those things you'd like to see in a pitcher, he has. I think that will help as far as endurance and anything else that goes into pitching. Guys that are big and strong like him last longer and pitch deeper into games."  (Cassavell - mlb.com - 3/16/15)

  • Dec. 19, 2017: Carlos will go to great lengths not to disclose his favorite hunting spot — even when baseball’s drug testers come calling.

    Rodon, rehabilitating following surgery on his left throwing shoulder, is an avid hunter and revealed to his 18,000-plus Twitter followers at @Carlos_Rodon55 that he received a phone call stating he was selected for a random drug test. Not willing to reveal his “honey hole” during a hunting trip in Kansas, Rodon suggested an alternative location for the test. That apparently didn’t go over too well with the tester.

    “So I'm in Kansas hunting," said Carlos. "I get a call for ANOTHER drug test. I tell him to meet me at Subway. He said he felt uncomfortable doing it there because of people. Bro, I have to pee in front of you what do you mean YOOUUU feel uncomfortable.”  (Chris Kuc-Chicago Tribune)

  • Carlos has truly battled adversity for the first time in his life in Summer Camp 2020, by the left-hander’s own admission, fighting his way back from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2017 and Tommy John surgery in May 2019.  So, it was understandable to see the southpaw tear up and become emotional after throwing five innings in Chicago's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee in its final exhibition before the regular season. Rodón actually left the Zoom setup for a few moments before coming back to finish the interview.

    “I think about this every day. I've gone through a few things, granted it's in the sports world. People have gone through a lot more in the real world,” Rodón said.

    “To be honest, I never had to deal with much adversity growing up. I was fortunate. My parents provided everything for me. I had a great childhood. Played baseball through all of high school, got drafted out of high school, didn't sign, became a great pitcher at NC State, and waltzed into the big leagues. Through my time with the White Sox, we've had a few ups and downs, and that's kind of where I've had to learn how to mature, and I think I've grown a lot through them.

    “It hasn't been easy, especially [Tommy John surgery] coming off a shoulder [surgery]. Honestly, having my baby girl, Willow, kind of got me through the TJ. And it's been a ride, man.” 

    “Getting a chance to not only be able to pitch and come back, but to be able to start the season with my teammates is a blessing,” Rodón said. “I've been saying this a long time, it feels like it's been three or four years, but I keep saying this: 'It feels like I've got something to prove, just being hurt all the time.' It's not fun, that's for sure.” (Merkin - mlb.com - 7/22/2020)

  • Jan 30, 2021: It was an especially celebratory and eventful day for Carlos. The 28-year-old announced on Instagram the birth of his second child, a son, with his wife, Ashley.

  • July 2021: Rodon was chosen to pitch in the All-Star Game.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2014: Rodon was the White Sox's first-round pick (#3 overall), out of N.C. State University.

  • Jan 12, 2018: Carlos and the White Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million.

  • Jan 11, 2019: Carlos and the White Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.2 million.

  • Jan 10, 2020: Carlos and the White Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal for $4.4 million.

  • Dec 2, 2020: Rodon elected free agency.

  • Jan 29, 2021: The White Sox signed Rodon to a one-year deal for $3 million.
Pitching
  • Rodon has an 92-97 mph four-seam FASTBALL, a 90-95 mph two-seam SINKER, a devastating 84-88 mph power SLIDER that's a wipeout pitch (a 70 on the 20-80 scale), and a solid 82-86 mph CHANGEUP that flashes average.

    Hitters have trouble picking up Rodon’s 92-95 mph fastball because he “throws out of his shirt-sleeves,” as one scout put it. He throws two variations of his hard slider—one at 82-85 that has great tilt and depth; and another at 86-89—but both have late bite. He can throw it more like a cutter on a righthanded hitters’ back foot, or throw it with more sweep to get a lefty to chase. That's the one that approaches 89 mph.

    Scouts rate Rodon's slider at 70, and even bring up the name of Steve Carlton due to the pitches' depth, power and late break. At times, he throws it harder, as more of a cutter. Rodon’s slider breaks late and hard across two different planes (both down and in).

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 40.7% of the time; Sinker 22.9% of the time; Change 10.7%; and Slider 25.7% of the time.

  • 2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 37.1% of the time; Sinker 24.1% of the time; Change 12.2%; and Slider 26.6% of the time.

  • 2018 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 49.2% of the time, his Sinker 10.6%; Change 14%; and Slider 26.1% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 93.2 mph, Sinker 93.8, Change 85.4, and Slider 85.6 mph.

  • 2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 51.9% of the time, his Change 10.8%; and Slider 37.4% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 91.9 mph, Change 84.6, and Slider 84.1 mph.

  • 2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 51.7% of the time; Sinker less than 1%; his Change 17%; and Slider 30.6% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 93.4 mph, Sinker 92.2, Change 84.4, and Slider 83.8 mph.

  • He has a quiet demeanor and some of the best pure stuff around. 
  • Hitters can know Rodon's slider is coming, and they still cannot hit it. 
  • Carlos has impressive command on most outings. He needs more consistency with his mechanics, tempo and arm slot. But they aren't really bad. It is an easy arm action.

    Rodon has shortened his stride at NC State on the advice of pitching coach Tom Holliday, allowing him to finish out front and lessen the strain on his shoulder.

    “I was over-striding, and my lower half and my upper half weren’t in sync,” Rodon says, pantomiming his delivery and freezing with his chest facing the imaginary home plate. “I want my chest pointing at home plate, like you see on baseball cards.”

    The uptick in velocity was evident almost instantly in his freshman season. He hit 97 mph in his first two outings of his college career. (Spring 2014)

  • Rodon's fierce competitiveness stands out. His demeanor and the way he goes about his business on the mound reminds people of Bob Gibson. Other baseball people give Carlos a David Price comparison. All three have incredible competitiveness.
  • Spring 2014: Of concern this year was a lack of explosiveness on his fastball, as well as below-average command, particularly to his arm side. His changeup has also been inconsistent and often non-existent this spring. His competitiveness, though, gives him a Number 1 pitcher's mentality.

    The worst case scenario for Rodon is a potential closer, but he is a frontline starter with some refinement.

    "There's a reason Rodon is regarded as the best college lefty since David Price. Stuff-wise, he offers two plus pitches (and his changeup will be plenty good enough to give him three), all coming from a big, strong, workhorse-type body." (MLB.com)

    "Even when he's not at his best, Rodon shows scouts a fastball/slider combination that could fit in a big league bullpen now." (Baseball America)

  • Rodon he has better pure stuff than any of the lefthanded pitching prospects of 2014. 

    Rodon's biggest weapon is a slider that legitimately qualifies as a wipeout offering. It was the best pitch in the 2014 draft, and it will be one of the best breaking balls in the Majors when he arrives in Chicago. Rodon's slider explodes on hitters with two-plane break.

    Rodon's slider overmatched college hitters so easily that North Carolina State's coaches called for it an excessive amount this spring, which cost him some fastball velocity and command. The White Sox had him work more off his heater in pro ball.

    Though his fastball and slider alone would make him a front-line starter, Rodon also has the potential for at least a solid changeup. He'll need to use his changeup more to get more consistent with it, as he sometimes tips it off by slowing his arm speed. But Rodon has some feel for his off-speed pitch, and it features promising deception.

    Along with his stuff, Rodon has a strong 6-foot-3, 234-pound frame built for durability. He doesn't have the most athletic delivery, but he repeats it well enough to have reasonable command. Rodon has the upside of a true ace, and it's hard to envision him being anything less than a No. 3 starter.

    It's conceivable that Rodon could make Chicago's big league rotation out of 2015 Spring Training. Outside of Chris Sale, no White Sox big leaguer can match Rodon's stuff. Neither can any lefty anywhere in the Minors. (Callis - mlb.com - 9/3/14)

  • 2014: Tyler Danish, a righthanded starter in the White Sox organization who pitched with Rodon at Class A Winston-Salem said, "Carlos's slider is one of the most devastating pitches I've ever seen, and the kid works hard."

  • 2015 Improvements: The exact amount Rodon threw his changeup over three years at North Carolina State checks in somewhere between never and hardly ever.

    With the dominant fastball and wipeout slider possessed by the southpaw, a third pitch wasn't imperative at that particular collegiate level. Then Rodon became the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. And six of his nine Minor League appearances to follow that same season in the Minor Leagues came as a starter.

     Rodon needed to make a change with his repertoire, and his changeup ended up being better than expected.

    "I didn't know it was that good until I started throwing it. Then I built confidence with it," Rodon told MLB.com recently of his newly added pitch.

  • May 16, 2015: As the White Sox players in the A's visiting clubhouse hooted and hollered at the TVs showing American Pharoah galloping to win the 2015 Preakness Stakes, Rodon had his eyes glued on another screen.

    Along with pitching coach Don Cooper and catcher Geovany Soto, Rodon watched video of his latest start on a laptop. Rodon was in the zone enough to block out the shouts in the background, all to see why his pitches were frequently out of the strike zone in his second career start.

    The post-start routine in the weeks-old big league career of the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft looks like this: He learns, doesn't dwell; he's methodical, not overly analytical.

    "It's tough to go back and look at that kind of film because you don't want to relive it," Rodon said. "All the veterans here say it: The beautiful thing about baseball is in five days you get to pitch again and erase it from your memory. It's good to look back at it, good or bad, and see what you can improve on." (W. Bans - MLB.com - May 16, 2015)

  • During the 2015 season, we see, thanks to the magic of FanGraphs.com leaderboards, we also can see that Rodon generated swinging strikes about 10% of the time for a rate that ranked him 41st among the 133 starters who recorded 100 innings, as a rookie.

    He lives in the same neighborhood (in this metric) as Gerrit Cole, Jon Lester, Johnny Cueto and Justin Verlander. Of course, those pitchers throw more strikes and, significantly, more first-pitch strikes. Rodon threw the lowest percentage of first-pitch strikes in this sample … but research has indicated that pitchers can learn this skill, unlike, say learning to throw harder or miss bats.

  • September 30, 2016: Carlos struck out the first seven hitters of the game, tying an American League record for most strikeouts in a row to start a game and a White Sox record for most consecutive strikeouts at any point in a game.  Rodon tied Joe Cowley for both marks. Cowley accomplished the feat against Texas on May 28, 1986.

  • 2020 Season: Rodon's attempt to return in 2020 was stalled after two abbreviated starts.

    NO-HITTER

  • April 12, 2021: Rodon fired a no-hitter, coming just two outs shy of a perfect game, thanks to a pitch that grazed the foot of Roberto Perez

    Ashley Rodón, Carlos’ wife, was in attendance, as was his young daughter, Willow, and young son, Bo. Rodón exchanged texts with Trea Turner of the Nationals and Brett Auston, both close friends and former teammates at North Carolina State. Rodón still had countless congratulatory texts to view.

    That list includes Elliott Avent, his head coach with the Wolfpack. But the duo exchanged texts the day of the no-hitter.

    “Elliott text me and said, ‘Are you all right?’ because he knew I had the stomach thing going on,” Rodón said. “I said, ‘Hey man, I’m good.’ He said, ‘Good, now go shove.’

    “He said something about we were trying to get Zach Plesac to come to State and I said, ‘Yeah, he’s pretty good.’ That was that. I went out there and threw a no-hitter. I haven’t reached out to him yet. I’ll get to him.”

     Rodón was cruising through Cleveland’s batting order.

    Of his 114 pitches, Rodón threw 57 four-seam fastballs, 28 sliders, 26 changeups and even dropped in three curves. He’s becoming a true three-pitch pitcher, which will carry him toward extended success well beyond the no-hitter.

    “I think he can be really good, he could be one of the best pitchers in the AL, or baseball, if he stays healthy,” said Katz of Rodón. “He showed that last time. He's been showing that with everything he's done up to this point. He's been working his butt off to get to this point. He's putting in the work and that's all he can do. I'm thrilled for him, where he's at right now.” 

    “It goes back to all the stuff I've done in the offseason, the velo belt, the lower half . . . all those things that go into this,” Rodón said. (S Merlin - MLB.com - April 16, 2021)

  • It was back to business as usual for Carlos on April 15 at Guaranteed Rate Field, just hours after throwing his no-hitter.

    “Just Day 1, man. You've got to get ready for five days from now,” said Rodón. “One hundred and 14 pitches, I was like, 'I've got to get going, got to get this blood moving, because I've got to get ready for the next start.' It's not the last start of the year.”

    Actually, it was just the second of a total of 33 to 35 starts Rodón would like to reach by the conclusion of the 2021 season. But it was a milestone putting his injury-riddled recent seasons in the rearview mirror.  Rodón retired the first 25 Cleveland batters before hitting Roberto Perez in the foot with a 1-2 slider. Then Rodón struck out Yu Chang and set down Jordan Luplow on a grounder to third baseman Yoán Moncada to begin the celebration. (Merkin - mlb.com - 4/16/2021)

  • 2021 Season: Carlos Rodon always had the stuff to be a great pitcher but it just never materialized for him in Chicago. After having his career derailed by injuries, the White Sox non-tendered him then pulled him off the scrap heap over the offseason for cheap.

    The former first-round pick had to fight for a job in spring training. He wasn’t even guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation. He beat out Reynaldo Lopez and never looked back. Rodon posted the lowest ERA of his career with a 2.37 mark.

    Opponents hit just .189 off of him and he carried a 0.96 WHIP. He was tied for first on the White Sox with 13 wins and was third on the team with 185 strikeouts. The highlight of the season came when Rodon twirled a no-hitter against Cleveland in April and came just two outs shy of a perfect game.

    This season, Rodón also passed Billy Pierce for the third-most career double-digit strikeout efforts by a left-handed pitcher in White Sox franchise history. Pierce has his number retired by the White Sox and is one of the all-time greats so, Rodon is in some good company.

    The southpaw also tied the record for the most games in a season with 10 plus strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed since 1901. He had five such games this season. Only five other pitchers have accomplished this feat.

    His efforts were rewarded with his first All-Star selection. Rodon’s stuff was electric all season long. His fastball reached triple digits and his slider was devasting. He did get slowed down by injuries late in the season but gutted it out and emptied the tank during the playoffs. (Mitchell Kaminski - Oct. 17, 2021)

  • Entering the 2022 season, Rodon had a career record of 42-38 and 3.79 ERA, with allowing 600 hits and 79 home runs in 669 innings pitched.
Fielding
  • Rodon needs to get better at holding runners. He is slow to the plate and lacks a quality pickoff move.
Career Injury Report
  • July 6-31, 2016: Carlos was on the DL with a sprained left wrist.

  • March 28, 2017: Rodon began the season on the DL with bursitis in is left biceps.

  • September 8, 2017-June 9, 2018: An MRI showed left shoulder inflammation for Carlos. He has been experiencing left shoulder tightness and was placed placed on the disabled list and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

    Surgery was required, sidelining Rodon well into the 2018 season.

  • May 2-Oct 31, 2019: Rodon was on the IL with left elbow inflammation.

    May 14, 2019: Carlos had Tommy John surgery. The ulnar collateral ligament repair was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

    Feb 17, 2020: Carlos is on the IL in recovery from TJ Surgery. With four bullpen sessions under his belt featuring all fastballs to date, Carlos is continuing the climb on the recovery trail from Tommy John surgery undergone in May 2019. It’s a day-to-day process, let alone week-to-week, so it’s difficult for the veteran southpaw to project a 2020 return.

    July 11, 2020: The White Sox intra-squad action marked the first time Rodón pitched off of the Guaranteed Rate Field mound in game action since May 1, 2019, against the Orioles.  Even facing his teammates, the work felt good for the southpaw. Rodón is coming back from Tommy John surgery and is moving toward being ready for the delayed opening of the regular season.

    “I need to get up and down a couple of times, try to get to that 90-pitch mark,” Rodón said. “If I can get to that before the season starts, that would be nice.

  • Aug. 4-Sept. 24, 2020: The White Sox placed Rodón on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder soreness.

  • Aug 8-26, 2021: Carlos was on the IL with left shoulder fatigue.