CWS 2013: Scouting Top Prospects for 2014 MLB Draft
North Carolina State is off to an impressive 1-0 start in the College World Series, and it is no surprise. The Wolfpack are loaded with talent. They could very well field two of the top-five selections in next year's Major League Baseball draft.
The first two players on this list hail from North Carolina State, with a third being a young slugger who helped propel the Indiana Hoosiers to their first College World Series.
Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
Carlos Rodon might have gone No. 1 in this year's draft had he been eligible. The sophomore left-hander has been phenomenal in his two years at North Carolina State.
Heading into the CWS, he combined to go 18-2 with a 296-81 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his first two years.
As you could probably guess from those impressive strikeout numbers, Rodon can bring the heat. He can touch the upper 90s on the gun and do so with control. This is going to get any left-hander instant attention.
He also has a thick frame that suggests he will be able to handle the rigors of starting, and a polished enough repertoire that points to him being a legitimate top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
Along with his heater, he has a nice cutter and a developing slider that is already a borderline plus pitch. That's not all, he's making strides with a splitter as well.
That is all a foundation for tremendous and prolonged success.
Trea Turner, SS, NC State
The Wolfpack are in a position to dominate the top of next year's draft. Shortstop Trea Turner is also an elite prospect and could easily be a top-five selection.
Turner doesn't have the raw power that teams look for, but he does have the athleticism, quickness and arm to play short on the major league level.
And while he doesn't have that raw power, he is a good hitter who utilizes all fields.
Heading into CWS play, he was hitting .376 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. He also has excellent speed and the reactions needed to be a terror on the basepaths.
Finding a solid defensive shortstop with the ability to be a plus in the lineup has tremendous value in the draft, and that is exactly what Turner projects to be.
Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana
Like numerous college catching prospects, there is a good chance Kyle Schwarber will not stick behind the plate.
While he has the size at 6'0", 230 pounds and the arm, he is a little slow of foot. An organization could work to develop his footwork, or it may just forget about it and stick him at first because this kid can flat-out mash.
For the year, he's batting .372 with 18 home runs, 54 RBI and an on-base percentage of .462. He is loaded with raw power, has nice swing mechanics and takes a nice approach at the plate.
He will be one of the most coveted sluggers in next year's draft.
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