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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.

[MORE: Carlos Rodon: 'I'm going to be up there eventually']

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.

Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert has accomplished many things this season. Now he can say he took a 13-year big league vet deep.

OK, so that vet was Dioner Navarro, a catcher by trade who pitched the eighth inning in a lopsided Triple-A Charlotte win.

Robert hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 8-2 win against Columbus on Sunday. The Knights hit five home runs in the game and were up big entering the eighth inning so Navarro came in to pitch.

Robert promptly took him DEEP.


Navarro was lobbing in 72 mph pitches and was getting hit hard by every batter. He was throwing batting practice.

The best part about Robert’s bomb is Navarro’s quick head-snap after delivering the pitch and seeing Robert hit it a long way.

Throw in Robert’s home run earlier in the game and the 22-year-old outfielder is up to 11 home runs in 33 games in Triple-A. He has 27 homers on the season between three levels of the minors.


 

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

Yoan Moncada just started his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte and it didn’t take him long to enjoy a night in Charlotte.

The Knights had a home day game on Friday. Moncada went 1-for-5 in his first game action since suffering a hamstring strain on July 30.

With the Knights game ending in the afternoon, Moncada had the freedom to go to the Carolina Panthers preseason game at night.


The Panthers lost 27-14 to the Bills, but a peak at Moncada’s Instagram story from the day showed he may not have really understood what was going on.


The 24-year-old Cuban was decked out in a Panthers jersey. He still may be learning football though.

 

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