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Carlos Rodon to AAA

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The Windy City is within reach in the big lefty's first professional season.

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If you were hoping to catch Carlos Rodon with the Winston-Salem Dash, you're already too late. The former Wolfpack lefty has been promoted to AAA Charlotte after just four appearances in A ball. The third overall pick of the White Sox made his professional debut less than a month ago; now Rodon will start for the Knights on Tuesday just one step from MLB.

After an uneven start to his professional career--he allowed at least one earned run in each of his first three outings, all short relief stints--Rodon has thrived since being moved into the Dash rotation (though he is still on a strict pitch count). In three starts spanning 8.2 innings, Rodon hasn't yielded an earned run while striking out 12. Overall, Rodon has posted a 2.84 ERA while averaging an impressive 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

When noting Eric Surkamp's promotion to The Show, I speculated that Rodon may be on the Chris Sale fast track. Sale, a 2010 Sox first round pick, rocketed to the majors after just 11 minor league appearances. There's a good chance Rodon will join Sale in September.