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Tim Stevens, J. Mike Blake, Clay Best, Aaron Moody, and Elliott Warnock follow all the news for high school athletes from Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Johnston Counties. 

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Rodon awaits MLB Draft

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You'd be hard-pressed to find another North Carolina high school senior capable of having the kind of eight-day stretch Holly Springs' Carlos Rodon might pull off this week.

Last Friday, Rodon pitched a two-hit shutout in the biggest game of his life, Game One of the 4-A baseball state championship series. The next day, he was named MVP for his efforts in bringing home his school's first-ever title.

This Saturday, he will graduate high school.

And somewhere in between there he will be drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. But in what round and by what team remain to be seen.

It could be tonight, when the MLB Draft, which starts at 7 p.m., does its first and supplemental round.

But most likely it will happen early tomorrow, when the Draft resumes with the second round at noon. Rodon finished the season with a 1.40 ERA, 135 strikeouts and an 11-0 record.

BaseballAmerica ranks the N.C. State signee as the 198th player overall, and the 28th-best left-handed pitcher in the draft. Those rankings would seemingly put him in the first five rounds of the Draft, and assure him of a top-10 round selection.

Rodon said he was still planning on college when asked after Saturday's championship round.

"Right now, I'm still going to college," Rodon said. "Not until the draft. We'll see what happens with the draft, but N.C. State -- that's where it's at right now."

Per MLB Draft rules, Rodon will have the choice to either sign with the team who picks him or go to college for a minimum of three seasons.

The last Wake County high school player to be drafted in the MLB Draft's first five rounds was Middle Creek alum Quincy Latimore. Latimore was taken in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and is currently on their AA squad.

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About the blogger

J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.
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