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Carlos Rodon strikes out nine in Triple-A season debut

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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:

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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.