The White Sox aren’t yet going to determine just how fast Carlos Rodon could make the journey to pitching at U.S. Cellular Field.
But with the selection of the North Carolina State left-handed pitcher at No. 3 overall in the baseball draft Thursday night, the Sox picked a player they believe can help them win sooner rather than later.
“Whether or not it’s on the fast track like Chris Sale, or somebody else, we fully expect Carlos would be able to help contribute to our club and win a championship with the core of players that we have on the cusp right now, rather than perhaps somebody we are going to have to wait 4, 5, 6 years down the line for,” said Doug Laumann, Sox director of amateur scouting.
Meanwhile, the Cubs selected left-handed hitting catcher Kyle Schwarber of Indiana with the fourth overall pick in the amateur draft.
Schwarber, 21, whom Baseball America listed as the 17th top prospect, was ranked second on the Cubs’ list, according to Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ vice president of scouting and player development.
“It has been an awesome last couple days,” Schwarber said in a conference call at a golf course in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio.