Jan. 20, 2014
Perfect Game Preseason College All-Americans
NC State juniors Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner have been named first team Preseason College All-Americans by Perfect Game, according to a release from the web site on Monday.
"Trea and Carlos are very deserving of yet another honor bestowed upon them and NC State baseball," said head coach Elliott Avent. "We are proud of their accomplishments, but more pleased with how they use these accolades as motivation, not satisfaction."
The recognition marks the second time this preseason that Rodon and Turner have made All-America first team as a tandem. The pair also highlighted the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s list.
The Wolfpack joins LSU, Virginia, and Indiana as the only teams in the nation with multiple first team recipients.
Perfect Game’s capsules on Rodon and Turner are featured below. The Perfect Game Preseason College All-America team can be viewed in its entirety by clicking HERE.
Trea Turner, SS
“North Carolina State lefthanded pitcher Carlos Rodon might be the nation’s elite pitcher and prospect, and the headliner for the Wolfpack. But plenty of coaches out there would take Turner over anyone else in college baseball. Turner, a lanky 6-foot-1, 171-pounder, has exceptional speed, an advanced offensive approach and is a more than adequate defender. He’s truly one of the electrifying players in college baseball, and it’s a good reason why he’s our No. 3 prospect entering the season.”
Carlos Rodon, SP
“It really doesn’t get any better than Rodon in college baseball. Rodon has a physical frame at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, and is incredibly difficult to hit, especially when he has the slider working from the left side. Rodon has a fastball into the mid-90s, a solid slider in the mid- to upper-80s, and a low-80s changeup that continues to develop. Assuming he has a good 2014 campaign, look for Rodon to be the top overall pick in the MLB draft next summer.”