BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Not only does he approve of the Carlos Rodon’s workload, Scott Boras think his client lived up to the hype in 2015.
Speaking at the general manager’s meetings on Wednesday, the super agent thinks Rodon removed all doubt about whether or not he deserved to be the first overall pick of the 2014 amateur draft.
Many, including the White Sox, were stunned when the prized North Carolina State left-hander slipped to the third overall pick in that draft. But Rodon put any concerns to rest as to why he may have dropped from the top spot in a sterling rookie campaign that ended on a high note. Rodon went 9-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 139 1/3 innings, including winning five of seven decisions in his final eight starts.
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“We thought Carlos was clearly the best player in the draft without a doubt and he proved that he was,” Boras said from the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “He went right to the big leagues and was the only guy from that draft class to spend a full year and do well and I think he’s become a very important of their future.”
Boras said he and White Sox GM Rick Hahn maintained contact throughout the season. He appreciated how the White Sox slowly brought Rodon along after they promoted him on April 20, first using him in relief to limit his innings. Between Triple-A and the majors, Rodon completed 149 1/3 innings this season. At the time of his promotion, Hahn said the White Sox wanted to limit the workload as Rodon’s 2015 innings were considered a “scarce resource.” Boras liked the plan at the time and agreed again Wednesday with how it was executed.
Even as he surpassed his previous highs for innings in a year, Rodon showed no signs of slowing down in September. He went 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA over his final eight starts, lowering his walk rate in the process.
“Job well done by the White Sox,” Boras said.