Carlos Rodon Q&A

NC State baseball signee Carlos Rodon discusses being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the MLB Draft with Pack Pride.

When did you know that the Brewers were taking you?
[Laughs] About 3 minutes ago. I just got a phone call from the area scout for the Brewers, Dan Nellum, and he told me that the Brewers drafted me. He said they're going to watch me this summer in tournaments and club showcases, and then get me caught up on what I need to learn.

Were you expecting a call from the Brewers?
I thought there was a chance. Before the draft, I had the best conversations with the Brewers, Blue Jays, and Cardinals, but I knew it could be any team that drafted me.

I'm really excited about the Brewers.

Have you made a decision at this point if you're going to attend NC State or sign with the Brewers?
No, I haven't. I'm going to take some time this summer to figure it out. I have until August. Obviously, money will play a factor, but an education, especially one at NCSU, is really really important to me.

Also, getting to play under Coach Avent and Coach Holliday is a great opportunity.

What made you feel like NC State was the place for you so early on?
The coaches and the facilities. Coach Avent and Coach Holliday really made me feel like I was a part of the Wolfpack family. I didn't grow up a State fan, I'm from Miami, but I really love it over there.

Okay, now you've won a state title and been drafted by a major league team within a matter of days of each other. Which is better?
Winning the state championship. That's something that doesn't happen too often. You know, you can always get drafted, but winning a state title- you really only have one shot at it.

And it was awesome winning the title with my teammates. Really, the team aspect of winning the state championship is what set it apart from being drafted.

What aspect of your game did you try to improve on the most this season?
Hitting the ball better. I worked on my power a lot in batting practice, and just improving my overall offense. Also, the mental aspect.

Last year, we lost in the third round of the playoffs, and I didn't want that happening again this year.

What do you think is your biggest strength as a player?
I'm a competitor. Whether my team is down 1-0 or 10-0, I'll always try my hardest. I'll find a way to win.

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