Carlos Rodon
Carlos Rodon
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The oft-injured southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2019. With the delayed start to the 2020 campaign, he was able to break summer camp in the White Sox's rotation. Cleveland blasted him in his first start then he had to leave his next outing early with a sore shoulder. His velocity was way down in the second start, but examinations revealed no structural damage. Rodon was able to return in a relief role during the last week of the season, and his velocity returned to normal. Even though Rodon appeared healthy to end the season, the White Sox decided to cut bait and non-tender the left-hander. Some team will take a chance on Rodon, perhaps as a reliever. Even if he looks good in the spring, it's probably best to resist the temptation and pass. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#520
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox in January of 2021.
Worst performance of season so far
PChicago White Sox
May 15, 2021
Rodon (5-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Royals after allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks while fanning five across 5.2 innings.
ANALYSIS
Rodon was initially scheduled to start Thursday against the Twins but was pushed back after experiencing back and hamstring tightness, and there's a chance those issues might have been the reason why he posted his worst outing of the campaign to date. However, the fact that he still owns a 1.47 ERA after giving up four runs Saturday illustrates just how dominant he's been all year long. His next start will come next week at the Yankees.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
103
Last 10 Games
103
Last 5 Games
104
How many pitches does Carlos Rodon generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
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41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Carlos Rodon generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-58%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-56%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-70%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .098 49 18 3 4 2 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .231 283 82 29 58 14 1 7
2021vs Left .077 29 12 1 2 0 0 0
2021vs Right .176 116 37 11 18 4 0 2
2020vs Left .500 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
2020vs Right .333 27 5 3 8 4 0 1
2019vs Left .077 18 6 2 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .256 140 40 15 32 6 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-84%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.35 1.37 33.2 2 2 0 12.0 3.7 1.1
Since 2019Away 2.58 1.06 45.1 6 3 0 11.1 3.6 0.6
2021Home 2.18 0.68 20.2 2 1 0 10.5 1.7 0.4
2021Away 0.56 1.13 16.0 3 0 0 14.1 4.5 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.00 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 0.0 0.0
2020Away 10.50 2.00 6.0 0 2 0 7.5 4.5 1.5
2019Home 11.91 2.82 11.1 0 1 0 15.9 7.9 2.4
2019Away 1.93 0.77 23.1 3 1 0 10.0 2.7 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Carlos Rodon compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.08
 
K/9
12.0
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
1.47
 
WHIP
0.87
 
BABIP
.249
 
GB/FB
1.14
 
Left On Base
85.6%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2212 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.9%
 
Swinging Strike
16.4%
 
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Rodon opened up 2019 showing a new affinity for his slider, and at times, looked great with that approach, but poor fastball command still held him back. He went down with an elbow injury after seven starts and underwent Tommy John surgery on May 19. Rodon won't be ready to rejoin the big-league rotation until at least sometime in the second half, and the White Sox may opt to play it even safer than that, potentially limiting him to rehab outings in the minors or pitching him exclusively out of the bullpen down the stretch. He has now had both elbow and shoulder issues the past couple of years, so his long-term future could be in relief. However, Chicago will likely give the No. 3 overall pick from 2014 at least one more chance to make it as a starting pitcher.
Rodon enters 2019 as one of the game’s biggest wild cards. His 2018 was delayed as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery performed the previous September, debuting in early June. He struggled a bit out of the gate, sporting a 4.55 ERA after five starts, albeit with a solid 1.18 WHIP. Rodon then got on a roll, posting a 1.84 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in nine starts, covering 63.2 frames. Unfortunately, Rodon fell apart in September, recording a 9.22 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in 27.1 stanzas. Rodon truthers will highlight the middle stretch, writing off the early struggles to rust and the late ones to running out of gas. But here’s the thing: a 20 K% and 11.1 BB% in the middle set is rather pedestrian. His xFIP in that span was 4.77. The success was driven by an unsustainable .175 BABIP. The early market is expressing optimism, assuming not only will Rodon avoid injury, but that he’ll return to previous strikeout levels while honing his spotty control. That’s a risky bet.
Planning on ramping up Rodon's workload last season, the White Sox took it slow in the spring. It turned out their concerns were warranted as Rodon left a March 28 spring game with a tight bicep, later diagnosed as left shoulder bursitis, keeping him out until June 28. Rodon's throwing shoulder started barking again down the stretch, shutting him down for the season on Sept. 2. In between, the lefty was typically inconsistent, largely a result of spotty control, walking 31 in 69.1 innings. Homers also contributed, as he served up a dozen long balls. The saving grace was 76 punchouts. Rodon's trend has been to finish with a flourish, but there's no telling if his 4.15 ERA and 1.37 WHIP would have improved with another month of starts. Rodon had arthroscopic surgery in late September, with a six-to-eight month timetable, putting Opening Day in jeopardy. Expect the White Sox to again treat their prized southpaw with kid gloves.
Rodon's 2016 wasn't too different from 2015: low-4.00 ERA through the first four months before a sprint of quality work to the finish line that featured the upside that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft. One major difference between the two seasons was a big improvement in his walk rate, but it came at the expense of his command as he allowed more hits and nearly twice as many home runs. The season still stands as a worthy building block for a 24-year-old lefty trying to fulfill his frontline upside. His elite slider was even better in 2016, and his changeup took a big step forward, but not enough to offset his fastball getting less effective. Velocity is great, but a good fastball requires much more (namely, command). His walk gains came via the fastball, but it was also responsible for the home run troubles. This is exactly the kind of profile you want to bet on, though: The cost doesn't require major gains to pay off, but the upside is massive.
Rodon’s transition to the majors was rocky, and while he struck out 64 through his first 60 innings as a starter, he also walked 37 over that same stretch. However, he learned on the job and was stellar in the season’s final two months - he posted a 1.81 ERA and .198 BAA over his final eight outings. Rodon entered the big leagues with a big league-ready slider, and the pitch was as good as advertised. Ninety-seven of his 139 strikeouts came off the slider, and his upper-90s fastball was also impressive. He could take the jump if he polishes a third pitch. Rodon should slot behind Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in the White Sox’s rotation.
Rodon entered his junior year at North Carolina State as the prohibitive No. 1 overall pick. However, concerns about his workload budged him from the top spot in the 2014 June draft, and he fell to the White Sox at No. 3. It took much of the summer for the two sides to agree on a contract, which may have worked out better for his overworked arm. His plus fastball and slider blew away college batters, and the White Sox want him to add a changeup to the mix. Even without a refined third pitch, he ranks as one of the top prospects in the system and could be in the mix for a rotation spot out of camp, though vice president of baseball operations Ken Williams said in December that a multi-innings bullpen role is more likely for Rodon in 2015.
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Good to go Saturday
PChicago White Sox
Back
May 14, 2021
Rodon (back/hamstring) will be good to go for his scheduled start Saturday against the Royals, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with back, hamstring issues
PChicago White Sox
Back
May 12, 2021
Rodon was pushed back from starting Thursday due to back and hamstring tightness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Start pushed back
PChicago White Sox
May 12, 2021
Rodon's next start has been moved from Thursday against the Twins to Saturday against the Royals, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Dominant yet again
PChicago White Sox
May 7, 2021
Rodon (5-0) allowed five hits over six scoreless innings Friday, striking out eight and earning a win over the Royals.
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Start pushed back
PChicago White Sox
May 3, 2021
Rodon will open the series against the Royals on Friday, Jared Wyllys of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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