Sunday, August 24, 2014

Takeaways from Carlos Rodon’s second start with the Charlotte Knights

Here's a couple quick takeaways from Carlos Rodon’s second start with the Charlotte Knights…

  • Rodon’s slider is a plus pitch that will miss bats at any level. I’m going to need to watch the tape again, but I don’t think I saw the Norfolk Tides put a single one in play. That said, you'd like to see him establish his fastball more. 
  • The 21-year-old got better as the game went on. After starting six of the first eight batters off with a ball, Rodon recovered to close his outing by throwing a first-pitch strike to six of the last seven. He also struck out five of the final six batters.
  • When Rodon is getting ahead of batters, he’s as good as any pitcher to come through Charlotte this season – including Pawtucket’s Henry Owens and Norfolk’s Kevin Gausman. 
  • The eight K’s in four innings of work are a new career high for Rodon, who fanned seven (over 3.2 IP) in his final start with Winston-Salem.
  • Rodon's line after two appearances with the Knights: 7 IP, 2H, 2ER, 5BB, 11Ks -- 128 pitches (72 strikes).
  • Projecting forward, I would expected Rodon to throw again for the Knights on 8/29 in Gwinnett with a pitch slightly below 100 and then for him to join the White Sox in September.