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Carlos Rodon strikes out nine in Triple-A season debut

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Carlos Rodon strikes out nine in Triple-A season debut

While the White Sox picked up their first win of the season Saturday, Carlos Rodon made his first minor league start -- and had an awfully strong showing.

Rodon, pitching for Triple-A Charlotte, struck out nine in five innings against Norfolk, Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate. The left-hander and 2014 No. 3 overall pick allowed two runs (one earned) over those five innings with two walks, one hit batter and one wild pitch. He threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes.

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Of the balls Norfolk hitters put into play, five were ground balls, two were fly balls and one was a line drive.

The Charlotte Observer's Seth Lakso has Rodon's pitch selection:

And a radar gun reading:

[MORE: Robin Ventura wants to see Carlos Rodon be a complete product]

Over 24 1/3 minor league innings last year -- 12 of which were spent with Triple-A Charlotte -- Rodon posted a 2.96 ERA with 38 strikeouts, 13 walks and no home runs allowed.

The 22-year-old had a 3.06 ERA with 21 strikeouts, five walks and one home run allowed over 17 2/3 Cactus League innings this spring.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.