<
>
Insider

Rodon no longer a lock for No. 1 pick

3/29/2014
Left-hander Carlos Rodon boasts arguably the best slider of any MLB draft prospect. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

North Carolina State starter Carlos Rodon came into the spring as the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the draft class, but his first six starts were a tick below those high expectations. As a result, I moved him down to No. 3 on my updated rankings last week behind high school lefty Brady Aiken and prep righty Tyler Kolek. Rodon threw on Friday night at home against Miami with a lot of cross-checkers and scouting directors from teams drafting outside of the top five. Originally they said they hadn't planned to scout him, but they changed course because he's no longer a lock to go that high.