Modest debuts for top college arms
February, 17, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Liz Condo/USA TODAY SportsThe No. 1 spot in the 2014 draft is Carlos Rodon's to lose.Mother Nature did its very best to destroy the opening weekend of college baseball, and several high-profile prospect saw their debuts pushed back to Saturday or Sunday because of the blustery conditions on the East Coast, and in some cases canceled entirely.
Nevertheless, the poor weather didn't completely ruin the weekend, and plenty of potential first-round picks made their first impressions of the season. We saw the top two arms in the class have a solid -- if unspectacular -- debuts, dominating opening starts from two of the Southwest's best arms, and two of the class' best backstops have decidedly different levels of success.
No pitcher's debut was messed with more than Carlos Rodon, who was supposed to start on Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif., but instead started Sunday against Canisus because of the massive snow in Raleigh, N.C. The presumed first overall pick was not near his best, struggling to command both his fastball and slider, and sitting in the low 90s for the majority of the game.