In Cubs rumors today, the Chicago Cubs may have targeted a left-handed pitcher out of NC State as their potential first round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Per Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com, the Chicago Cubs are targeting pitcher Carlos Rodon as a possible top-of-the-rotation piece a few years down the road:
Cubs PredidentTheo Epstein watching LHP Carlos Rondon pitch on Friday. Rondon projected to go top 5 in June draft.
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) April 19, 2014
Rodon (not Rondon) has a 94-96 mph fastball and a strong slider which he can mix up, and when at his best, can command them at all points in the strike zone and out. He was picked to the USA Baseball team during his freshman year, and continues to be targeted by USA Baseball as a top prospect during his college career.
In 2013, Rodon went 10-3 in 19 starts with a 2.99 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio was over 4, as he struck out 184 batters to just 45 walks (per Wikipedia).