Continued struggles a concern for Rodon
March, 24, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT/Getty ImagesCarlos Rodon has had a difficult season and struggled again on Friday.It was a bit of a mixed weekend for the prospects of the 2014 MLB draft, with some of the upper-echelon talents having their worst showings of the year, and some helping re-establish their once promising stock. We saw the top arms coming into the year all have inauspicious results, two hurlers from the Lone Star State have impressive outings and two prep outfielders on opposite ends of the country continue to show impressive athleticism.
• Calling Carlos Rodon's season a disappointment might seem a bit harsh, but he certainly hasn't lived up to his lofty expectations yet, and Friday was an unfortunate new low point for the NC State ace.
Rodon didn't make out of the fifth inning against Maryland, giving up eight runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched, walking four (and hitting two others) and striking out eight. None of the runs were earned -- and he did throw a couple of the best sliders he's thrown all season -- but he once again didn't have any command of a low-90s fastball, and he threw a whopping 116 pitches, a substantial amount for a seven inning start, much less one that doesn't get out of the fifth.
"The concern now is this is a fairly long pattern, not a blip on a radar screen," an NL East scout said.