NC State's Rodon, ECU's Hoffman go top-10 in MLB draft
Posted June 5
Updated June 6
The Chicago White Sox selected North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Thursday.
The Houston Astros took Cathedral Catholic High School pitcher Brady Aiken, out of San Diego, with the number one pick. Miami selected Tyler Kolek, a righty out of Shephed High School in Texas, with the second overall pick.
Despite a rocky junior season for the Wolfpack, Rodon features a mid-90s fastball and a slider that is considered by many scouts as the best in the class.
Rodon earned many accolades during his three seasons at NC State – 2012 National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Golden Spikes Award finalist, 2013 USA Baseball Player of the Year and a three-time All-America selection.
In 2011 the Milwaukee Brewers took Rodon in the 16th round of the MLB draft.
The Toronto Blue Jays gambled on East Carolina right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman with the 9th overall pick as Hoffman underwent successful Tommy John surgery on May 14.
Hoffman’s draft stock was sky-high coming out of last summer when he pitched in the Cape Cod League. After posting 33 strikeouts to just five walks in 24.1 innings in 2013, Hoffman was rated as the second overall prospect heading into the 2014 draft.
The pitcher is the highest draft pick in East Carolina history in any sport.
With the 13th pick in the draft the San Diego Padres selected the second NC State player on the night, shortstop Trea Turner.
Turner batted .321 for the Wolfpack this season, but was hobbled by a slight ankle injury throughout the year. The speedster holds the NC State single-season and career stolen base records with 57 and 113, respectively.
With the 32nd pick the Atlanta Braves took University of North Carolina commit Braxton Davidson, a first baseman from Asheville’s T C Roberson High School. Standing at 6-foot-3,he was a Perfect Game First Team All-America selection.
On day two of the MLB First-Year Amateur Draft NC State's Brett Austin heard his named called by the White Sox's in round four (108th overall). The catcher was selected 54th overall in 2011.
Duke and North Carolina saw their first players drafted in the fifth round as right handed pitcher Drew Van Orden went 154 to the Washington Nationals and shortstop Michael Russell went 157 to the Tampa Bay Rays.