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Carlos Rodon

#55 | LHP
Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox
Carlos Rodon
Name: Carlos Antonio Rodon
Born: Dec 10, 1992 in Holly Springs, N.C. USA
High School: Holly Springs (N.C.) HS
College: North Carolina State
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (3rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2014 (signed for $6,582,000)
The son of Cuban-Americans who moved to North Carolina when he was a 9-year-old, Rodon emerged as one of the state's top pitchers as a high school senior and was being crosschecked heavily when back spasms sapped his velocity and pushed him down the draft. A 16th-rounder of the Brewers in 2011, he spurned more than $500,000 to attend North Carolina State, where his velocity jumped immediately as he firmed up his body and shortened his stride. He hit 97 mph regularly in short stints to open his freshman season, with a slider that immediately became one of the best in college baseball. His slider remains the best pitch in the draft for most scouts, sitting 85-87 mph and scraping 89 at its best with two-plane depth. Multiple scouts have given Rodon's slider 80 grades on the 20-80 scale when it is on, though some say he relies on the slider too much. More concerning this year was a lack of explosiveness on his fastball for the first half of the season, when Rodon often sat 89-92, as well as below-average command, particularly to his arm side. His changeup was a solid-average pitch last summer, when he dominated Cuba to end his summer with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team and pitched like a big leaguer. It has been inconsistent and often non-existent this spring, however. His listed 6-foot-3, 234-pound frame is an asset for some due to thick, strong legs and durability; others knock him for a lack of athleticism and projection. Rodon's confidence crosses over into cockiness at times, but his competitiveness gives him a No. 1 pitcher's mentality. A second-half revival of his fastball velocity back to the mid-90s, tied to improved direction in his delivery to home plate, had him more closely resembling the pitcher who led Division I in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine in 2013, when he led the Wolfpack to its first College World Series trip since 1967. The worst-case scenario for Rodon is a potential closer, but he's a potential frontline starter with some refinement.
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