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White Sox: Carlos Rodon not as sharp in second AAA start

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White Sox: Carlos Rodon not as sharp in second AAA start

Carlos Rodon's second Triple-A start of 2015 didn't go as well as his first.

The left-hander and No. 3 overall pick in last year's MLB Draft allowed three runs in five innings against Gwinnett, Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate, Tuesday evening in Georgia. Rodon threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes, and allowed six hits and two walks with one hit batter and four strikeouts.

According to MiLB.com's Gameday tool, Gwinnett batters hit six line drives, five ground balls (one bunt), four fly balls and two pop-ups against Rodon on Tuesday. All of Gwinnett's damage came in the first two innings.

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Rodon racked up nine strikeouts in five innings of two-run ball in his Triple-A season debut last Saturday against Norfolk. He also threw 56 strikes on 87 pitches in that game and generated five ground balls, two fly balls and one line drive. 

Right-hander Jake Petricka made his first Triple-A rehab appearance in relief of Rodon on Tuesday, firing 16 pitches (11 strikes) and striking out a batter in a 1-2-3 inning. Petricka, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 5 (retroactive to March 27) hadn't pitched in a game since March 23 due to a right forearm strain.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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