The Chicago White Sox selected left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft Thursday night.
Rodon (6-3, 235 pounds) gained 400 career strikeouts with North Carolina State, as he was the first pitcher in school history to achieve that feat.
The 21-year old from Miami (Fla.) was the 2013 USA Baseball Player of the Year. This season, as a junior, he finished with an ERA of 2.01 with 117 strikeouts in 98.2 innings pitched. He allowed 22 earned runs.
Rodon not only has a good fastball, he also has a very good slider.
After taking a few minutes of reading about Rodon, I really like what I’ve read of the NC State pitcher.
MLB.com wrote on Rodon, in an article by Jonathan Mayo on May 1:
“In (a) start, against Georgia Tech, Rodon struck out 15, including 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. The week prior, he beat Boston College by allowing just one run over eight innings. He struck out 12 over 7 2/3 innings in a loss on April 11.”
Here is what folks on Twitter are saying:
All the teams that passed up Carlos Rodon in the draft are now being sentenced to the electric chair. #RodonFacts
— Carlos Rodon Facts (@RodonFacts) June 5, 2014
Congratulations to Carlos Rodon for a major accomplishment. Happy for that young man and wish him all the best in the White Sox organization
— JP (@Joey_Powell) June 5, 2014
@RyanTice If Sox move up their prospects quickly, Carlos Rodon could be pitching alongside Wolfpack alum Eric Surkamp in AAA Charlotte
— Chelsa Messinger (@ChelsaMessinger) June 6, 2014
My week is actually made with the news that the Sox drafted Carlos RODON
— Sam Sherman (@Sam_Sherman5) June 6, 2014
Carlos Rodon should have been 1st overall..
— Ritchiee (@PortilloRitchie) June 6, 2014
— Will-Tang Clan (@MisterPrez32) June 5, 2014
very happy the White Sox picked up Carlos Rodon from NC State in tonight's draft.
— Zac Weber (@zzzweber) June 5, 2014
— True Baseball Fans (@truefansblog) June 6, 2014
NC State's jersey is similar to the great 1983 White Sox playoff team's jersey. Carlos Rodon will fit right in. #LaMarrHoyt83CyYoung
— The Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) June 5, 2014
my goodness, the Astros did not take Carlos Rodon first overall???
— Nick Acosta (@mpcnicks) June 5, 2014
— papichardo (@papiCHARDO) June 6, 2014