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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sellout Crowd Turns out in AAA Charlotte for Native Son Carlos Rodon

Rodon walked slowly off the mound after compiling these first- inning numbers: 13 pitches, two strikeouts, no hits and one warm ovation from the sellout crowd.

Rodon, 21, was a star at Holly Springs high outside Raleigh. He led the school to the N.C. 4A baseball championship.

He pitched three seasons at N.C. State, helping the Wolfpack to the College World Series.

The Chicago White Sox selected him with the third pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. After a quick stop in Arizona, and 9 2/3 innings with the Class A Winston-Salem Dash, Rodon drove to Charlotte on Monday and started for the Knights on Tuesday.

In minor league baseball, even in Class AAA, fans go to the ballpark for the sport and the experience. They watch or half-watch a game that, on a late summer night, enables them to sit outside with friends and family.

Tuesday was different. Red N.C. State shirts, caps and jerseys were common. In the fifth-inning, I made a lap around the concourse and encountered 14 fans – on the concourse – wearing Wolfpack garb.

N.C. State associate basketball coach Bobby Lutz had hoped to join them. But he had to stay in Raleigh for a meeting.

Rodon “is the type of player I’d love to coach,” Lutz says Tuesday night. “My favorite story is when he told coach Elliott (baseball coach Elliott Avent) ‘To get off my mound’ when he wanted to bring in a relief pitcher.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/19/4082863_sell-out-crowd-turns-out-to-see.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

madvillain Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:19 PM (#4775635)
The Sox have made travel for Rodon easy this summer, what with three farm teams in North Carolina.
   2. madvillain Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4775637)
If you listen to the Chicago beat writers it's inevitable that he's up in September. That seems fairly ambitious and dumb, even for an ORG that has an excellent reputation with SP development. But, Some of the gifs from last night show you the kind of talent he has and he probably would be pretty good out of the pen right now. His stuff is very similar to Sale's. They both sit around 93-96 on the fastball, have a wipeout slider and Rodon is rapidly improving his changeup, much like Sale has.

It's exciting to see how the Sox will handle him, personally I'd prefer not to start his arb clock until next June, but the Sox don't seem of the same mind as of now, we'll see.

Also, his development so far kinda shows how silly some of the talk wrt to his "slipping stock" was pre-draft. He had a bit of a dead arm and some tough luck, the talent was always still there that had him consenus #1 entering 2014.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4775639)
Isn't Rodon from Miami?
   4. madvillain Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4775645)
Isn't Rodon from Miami?


Yep but he grew up in NC and turned down a bit of money to attend college at NC State. Charlotte doesn't sell out very often and according to many there was a lot of Wolf Pack red in the crowd last night.
   5. Newtype Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4775659)
Charlotte doesn't sell out very often


Traditionally this is true, but the Knights have a new ballpark this year. I've only been there once, but its the nicest minor league park I've been to. They've sold out almost every game this year, and lead the International League in attendance at over 9,600 a game.

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=l_att&lid=117
   6. madvillain Posted: August 20, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4775691)
Traditionally this is true, but the Knights have a new ballpark this year. I've only been there once, but its the nicest minor league park I've been to. They've sold out almost every game this year, and lead the International League in attendance at over 9,600 a game.


Oh cool. I noticed that in the shots from the game the park looked really nice guess I didn't put two and two together and figure maybe it was new.
   7. TJ Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4776179)
In minor league baseball, even in Class AAA, fans go to the ballpark for the sport and the experience. They watch or half-watch a game that, on a late summer night, enables them to sit outside with friends and family.


Which is a perfectly good reason to go to a minor league game...

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