Holly Springs pitcher Carlos Rodon is turning heads. Most notably, those heads belong to Major League Baseball scouts looking down at their radar guns after every pitch.
Rodon, who has thrown a no-hitter this season and given up zero earned runs in his first four starts, is signed to play at N.C. State next year.
However, if the writers at Baseball America (who did the embedded video above) are correct in their assessment of him, he will likely have a tough decision ahead.
Rodon is ranked the No. 66 high school prospect in the country by Baseball America magazine.
If MLB scouts agree with that assessment, Rodon would likely be drafted this summer somewhere in the first five-to-eight rounds. Last year, 16 high-schoolers were selected in the MLB’s first round.
This week, Rodon was featured prominently on the Baseball America website.
Most of the Baseball America report, which included a short 37-second video, pointed out Rodon’s strengths.
The only knock seemed to be Rodon’s lack of velocity as the game wore on.
The magazine notes that one reason could be Rodon’s back tightened up on him.
Baseball America wrote: “his fastball was 87-88 mph and he touched 90 once. But, as the game went on, Rodon’s fastball lost its zip. By the third inning, he was hitting 83-85 mph.”
Read the full report here: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/2011/03/game-report-carlos-rodon-with-video