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Carlos Rodon worthy of No. 1 hype

Lefty Carlos Rodon is the likely No. 1 overall pick in next year's MLB draft. Liz Condo/USA TODAY Sports

CARY, N.C. -- My trip to North Carolina to see the U.S. collegiate national team play the Cuban national team for two games was mostly built around one man -- NC State lefty Carlos Rodon, the heavy favorite to be the first overall pick in next year's Rule 4 draft. Rodon threw on Tuesday night and more than lived up to expectations.