Rodon, Turner Drafted First Round

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State baseball's Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner were selected in the first round of Thursday night's MLB Draft. Rodon was drafted third overall by the Chicago White Sox and Turner was the No. 13 pick by the San Diego Padres.

Rodon became the highest-drafted player in Wolfpack baseball history, surpassing the mark of No. 26 overall, set by Dan Plesac in 1983. Rodon and Turner join Plesac, Joey Devine (No. 27 in 2005), and Andrew Brackman (No. 30 in 2007) as the fourth and fifth Wolfpackers selected in the first 30 picks of the first round.

Including compensatory selections, NC State has had eight players drafted in the first round: Plesac, Devine, Brackman, Rodon, Turner, Ron Evans (1975), Greg Briley (1986) and Corey Lee (1996).

Rodon finished his career with an NC State record 436 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA over 50 appearances in 345.2 IP, good for third all-time in NC State history. His 25 wins and eight complete games both rank sixth all-time.

Turner finished his career fourth all-time in ACC history for career stolen bases with 113 on 127 attempts. He owns a share of the single game with five, set during his freshman year at Clemson. His 57 stolen bases during his freshman campaign rank second all-time on the ACC single-season list. At the plate, Turner hit .342 for his career and finished sixth all-time in NC State history with 203 career runs.

Rodon and Turner are the first three-time All-Americans in Wolfpack baseball history. Catcher Brett Austin is expected to be selected early in the draft as well.


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