While the Major League Baseball season is still winding down, Carlos Rodon's year is over. Rodon made the final start of his rookie campaign against the Yankees last Friday; he tossed six innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out four on the way to his ninth win.
Rodon's final line for 2015: 9-6, 3.75 ERA, 139-1/3 IP, 139 K, 71 BB. His ERA is four percent better than league average, which ain't too shabby for a debut season, especially a debut season that began while Rodon was still less than a year removed from being at NC State.
Over his last eight starts, he was exceptional and consistent, going a minimum of six innings in each game. The White Sox won six of those eight games, and Rodon picked up five wins. He had a 1.81 ERA over that span, while limiting opposing batters to a .198 batting average. It's no coincidence that his control was better during that stretch as well: he averaged about 3.5 walks per nine innings, as opposed to his year-long average of 4.6.
In span of five months, Rodon went from a kid making his debut out of the pen to the White Sox's third-best starting pitcher, behind Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Lookin' forward to seeing what he does for an encore.