NC State baseball pitching phenom Carlos Rodon spent his summer doing what comes naturally — playing baseball.
“It’s more baseball and you use it to get better,” Rodon says of his past two months on the team that went 20-3 including exhibition games against Coastal Plain League teams, a trip through Japan and a five-game sweep of Cuba back in the U.S. “You get to represent your country. And who doesn’t like playing baseball?”
Rodon went 3-0 with the team, pitching two dominant victories in the Cuba series, the second one coming July 23 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It’s a place where Rodon shined against UNC in the ACC tournament in May. He had 11 strikeouts in his last performance against Cuba. “I wouldn’t say the park does it,” Rodon says of his dominance at the DBAP, “but I love playing there.”
Future opponents of Rodon might fear his involvement in international competition more than those he just finished striking out. That’s because the Wolfpack junior feels he came out of the experience with another pitch in his repertoire going into next season. “I worked on my change-up and found a lot of command,” he says. “It’s just another pitch I can add to my arsenal.”