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August 18, 2014

Former NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon to start for Charlotte Knights on Tuesday

Former NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon said when he got the word that he was being promoted from Class A to the Class AAA Charlotte Knights, barely three months removed from college baseball, he got all his stuff and showed up. Tuesday, he will pitch against the Gwinnett Braves.

Tommy Thompson, manager of the Class A Winston-Salem Dash, told Carlos Rodon Sunday that he was headed to Charlotte.

“I got all my stuff and showed up here,” Rodon, 21, says.

Here is BB&T BallPark, where Rodon pulled up Monday.

He will start for the Charlotte Knights Tuesday against the Gwinnett Braves.

Rodon, 21, has had a succinct career. He pitched at Holly Springs High outside Raleigh in Wake County.

He was a star for three seasons at N.C. State. The Chicago White Sox selected him third in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

Rodon made his first professional start in Arizona but returned to N.C. and pitched 9 2/3 innings for the Dash. He struck out 15 and had a 1.86 ERA.

In Winston-Salem, Rodon says he worked on his change-up, and got comfortable with it. He says his command of his fastball and slider command also have improved.

And now he’s in Class AAA. Rodon talks in a hallway not far from the field Monday, wearing black Charlotte shorts, shirt and cap.

“It’s a little surprising,” he says about the quick trip from N.C. State to Charlotte. “But you just got to go with it. Baseball’s no different at any level. Maybe player-wise and talent-wise. But you’re still throwing strikes and getting guys out.”

Rodon says he saw fans from his hometown, and from the Wolfpack, when he pitched for the Dash.

“Hopefully (I’ll) see them out here,” he says.

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