Rodon Playing The Waiting Game

It was a dream season for Carlos Rodon and Holly Springs High School, as the senior pitcher led his team to a 27-2 record and a state title.

It was a dream season for Carlos Rodon and Holly Springs High School, as the senior pitcher led his team to a 27-2 record and a state title.

"It was great," said Rodon. "Our team played well, and it wasn't just me. We played as a team throughout and it ended with us winning the state title.

"I love baseball because it is one of the true team sports. As a pitcher, you can't start every game so in a series it takes the team to win it... that's why we have a rotation. Without all our teammates we wouldn't have been there."

Rodon was certainly the go-to player for Holly Springs. He finished the year with an 11-0 record and a 1.40 ERA with 135 strikeouts. In the state finals he pitched a complete game two-hitter in one game and batted .500 for the series, taking home MVP honors.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder consistently tops 90 miles per hour, and the left-hander has terrific command which is why he is so highly-regarded.

"I feel like I have a good fastball and I can command the zone," said Rodon. "My off-speed stuff compliments my fastball, but I'm definitely more of a power pitcher."

A local product, Rodon committed to NC State shortly after his sophomore season, ending his recruitment before it ever really started.

"The coaches at NC State, they are all great," he said. "They were very approachable and it felt like a family. I was already a part of the Pack. I also love the facilities."

The first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held last night, and Rodon went undrafted. The draft resumes today at noon, with rounds 2-30 being picked. Tabbed to in the first five rounds by several media outlets, Rodon is expected to go off the board early today.

Given his upside, Rodon should receive a lucrative offer from a major league team, but he says that he and his family already have a plan in place.

"Right now I'm going to college," he said. "I'm looking forward to going to college right now, but we'll see what happens."

A native of Miami, Florida, Rodon says that he has no idea where he will end up. Scouts have attended his games all season, but no team has tipped its hand just yet.

"I have no idea," he stated. "I guess I'll just have to watch. I'll be with my family."

He has the potential to enroll at NC State and contribute right away for the Wolfpack. However, he could elect to sign with a team and receive a hefty signing bonus. What will be the deciding factor in his decision?

"A lot of it will be if I want to be away from home," he said. "My family is pretty close. I believe it will be in God's hands. Whatever God wants me to do... that is what will happen."

NOTE: NC State has already had one signee selected in the draft. Brett Austin, a catcher out of Charlotte (NC) Providence High School, was picked No. 54 overall by the San Diego Padres. Austin hit .537 this past season with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs.

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