Just don’t call him ‘Rondon’ … or do. Everyone in baseball seems to add that extra ‘n’ to his name, but perhaps he can make a name for himself (see what I did there?) once he learns to command his pitches. He has the all the makings to be something special, but still struggles with control and is pretty raw. There’s an old adage in baseball that goes something like this: a young guy can have great stuff and throw hard but he still needs to “learn to pitch.” This pretty much sums up Rodon. He can strike ‘em out, but also unfortunately can walk ‘em. He has a wipeout slider that really worked in college, but in the majors guys are taking it, as it is usually inside. If the count is full, he’s issuing just as many walks as strikeouts. He was a star pitcher at NC State and was a member of Team USA where he got to pitch in Cuba, where his family is from. Called up in April after being drafted last year, he has had his ups and downs as he’s learning to pitch in the big leagues—some say too soon. He was one of the first 2014 draftees to make it to the majors. Rondon had a brief stint in the bullpen, but now is a fully fledged member of the White Sox rotation. So far, he’s 3–2 with a 3.80 ERA (this has changed for the worse since a shellacking by the Cards). The ChiSox have a lot riding on Rodon’s future so he should be safe from any trade talk. Most fans, scouts and baseball people expect him to figure it out and become if not dominant, at least an effective No. 2–3 starter behind Chris Sale.