It was not long ago that Rodon was widely viewed as the top overall talent heading into the draft, but he was recently overtaken by high school left-hander Brady Aiken, who went No. 1 to the Houston Astros. Rodon was the consensus No. 2 overall selection in the latest mock drafts from Baseball America, ESPN and MLB.com.
The 6'3, 235-pound left-hander didn't display the type of sharp command this year that he did during his freshman and sophomore campaigns, says MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Rodon set a school record with 184 strikeouts in 2013. His strikeout rate dipped by almost two per nine innings as a senior, but he still whiffed more than a batter per inning.
Rodon sits at 91-94 with a fastball that occasionally touches 97, according to Mayo. He was previously drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round in 2011.