One of the top collegiate pitchers in the 2014 MLB Draft is Carlos Rodon from NC State. The left-hander is just finishing up his junior year and figures to go quickly in the upcoming draft. However, if he manages to fall to the no. 4 spot, the Chicago Cubs should grab him quickly and say thank you.
For a farm system lacking quality pitching depth, Rodon would add instant value for the Cubs.
Rodon has seemingly been at the top of this draft class ever since his freshman year. His first two seasons for the Wolfpack were simply dominant among the college ranks. Rodon has also performed well on the big stage in postseason games with an ERA just over 1.00. In college, Rodon set several records and has also received several top accolades in the process. While his win-loss record this year has not been quite as good as those of his first two years, Rodon’s other stats are still of top quality. He has the makeup and ability to get on the fast track to the big leagues as an established college arm.
Last year, the Cubs passed on pitching to go with top offensive player Kris Bryant. The early returns on that pick have been huge for the Cubs. This year, if Rodon is still on the board, Chicago would be wise to go with the pitching this time around. With three teams in front of the Cubs, whether Rodon is available is questionable. But if he is still on the board, the pick could pan out to be an immediate steal for the Cubs.
Rodon would quickly become a top arm within the Cubs’ ranks if chosen in a few days time. He would become another first-round success for the Cubs who will only add to their already strong farm system in the league, and give Chicago major pitching help in the process.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.