The White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall pick in baseball’s amateur draft Thursday.

Going into the season Rodon was considered the No. 1 draft prospect, but he slipped slightly after going 6-7 with a 2.01 ERA in his junior season this spring, striking out 117 over 98 2/3 innings.

Rodon’s slider has been called the most unhittable pitch in the draft who could help the Sox at some point this season. Chris Sale was picked by the Sox in 2010 with the understanding that he would get to the big club, which he did as a reliever in August. The same type of scenario could unfold for Rodon.

The Sox picked in the top five for the first time since Alex Fernandez was drafted fourth in 1990.