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Time to rest? Rodon heads to offseason after heavy workload

Posted July 30, 2013

— Another summer down, another season of supremacy for North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon in a Team USA jersey.

The 6-foot-3 lefty from Holly Springs posted a 3-0 record in four starts for the Collegiate Men’s National Team as they went 20-3 in their summer tour. Rodon did not allow a run and only surrendered five hits in 17 innings of work for Team USA while striking out 21 to just four walks.

"It was a great experience. (It was the) second time I've played against Cuba, last year I got to play in Havana, and it was some good baseball," Rodon said. "So, overall it was a lot of fun."

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With summer ball now in the rear view, what’s next for Rodon?

For the second straight season, NC State will be faced with a dilemma of how to handle the fireballer in fall ball, after an additional month's workload. Between Wolfpack red and America's red, white and blue, Rodon has thrown 149.1 innings in 2013 – 15.2 more than he did last year.

"We'll see what we're going to do about that," N.C. State head coach Elliott Avent said. "We shut him down last year, and he kind of came out of the gate slow."

With a combination of the southpaw's shutdown last fall and cold, late winter weather that kept his fastball hovering in the high 80's, Rodon saw his ERA climb to near 5.00 thru nine starts. But when the All-American hit his stride, and got his No. 1 into the mid-to-high 90s, the nation's strikeout king couldn't be hit and he saw his ERA fall below 3.00 while posting a 4:1 strike-out-to-walk ratio.

"We'll have some conversations with (NC State pitching coach Tom) Holliday and Carlos, he's starting to understand his body pretty good," Avent said. "It worked out pretty well last year, because at the end of the season, he was pretty dominating."

Past experience and present performance has created a tough but welcomed decision for Avent - to shut Rodon down or not to shut Rodon down. Risk-reward: gambling on early-season success to open the door for left arm exhaustion.

"We want this guy to be the No. 1 pick in the country next year as well as help NC State get back to the College World Series, and possibly win the whole thing," Avent said.

Many conversations are still to be had, but Avent doubts Rodon will pitch any this autumn.

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  • CarolinaBlue Aug 1, 11:41 a.m.

    They guy's career ended like so many NCSUx players before him - with a loss to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels!!! I will forever remember this hot head slamming his glove into the ground after that correct call at the plate. In the big leagues you'll get thrown out for antics like that.

  • mike28 Jul 31, 12:58 p.m.

    I really hope my Twins can go further in the tank and get the #1 pick. I would love to see Rodon in Minnesota. A pitcher like Rodon doesn't come around too often. As long as he stays healthy, he is going to be a beast for many years to come...

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 31, 8:01 a.m.

    Definitely time to give that arm some well earned rest. Rodon is really something special.

  • Wheelman Jul 31, 7:39 a.m.

    Give the dude a break. He should take it whether NCSU wants him to or not. Save that arm son for... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    ...I believe he is on scholarship, getting a free college education. But thanks for your insight... View More

    — Posted by hsiflee

    Yes he may be on scholarship. Only a few baseball players are unlike football or basketball. And if he is, he is more than reimbursing the school with what he is contributing to the baseball program.

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 30, 11:21 p.m.

    Greatest pitcher in ACC / NCAA / College history...............

    — Posted by Alex25

    Not too sure about that...thats pushing it a little smh!

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 30, 11:20 p.m.

    Get some rest BOY!!

  • duane11 Jul 30, 11:12 p.m.

    great year for Rodon, he has earned a long rest...gonna be another good year for NCSU baseball next year!

  • hsiflee Jul 30, 9:02 p.m.

    Give the dude a break. He should take it whether NCSU wants him to or not. Save that arm son for... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    ...I believe he is on scholarship, getting a free college education. But thanks for your insight professor.

  • Hokies94 Jul 30, 7:50 p.m.

    Wheelman and Alex25 pretty much summed this one up. His future is the main thing in making huge monies, and keeping his golden arm healthy. Forget about all of the rest.

  • Alex25 Jul 30, 7:35 p.m.

    Greatest pitcher in ACC / NCAA / College history...............

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