Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Oh crap Carlos Rodon is adding a changeup

Here is a nice feature on Carlos Rodon, who better could be the Astros' 1-1 pick next June.

See, the last two summers, Rodon has been playing with USA Baseball, whose assistant coach is Matt Holliday's dad. Anyway, a coach from Ole Miss showed him how to throw a changeup, and how to throw it whenever he wanted, and last summer he didn't give up a run in 17IP.

It helped me get a feel for it. I'm excited to add that to the arsenal this spring. I didn't think it would happen this way, that fast. Obviously, I've been working on it for a while, but had a big breakthrough this summer. It should be a factor.

So with a changeup to go along with a fastball that sits in the high 90s and what Jonathan Mayo calls a "killer slider"...?

Both Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have Rodon as the "no-brainer" 1-1. (Though, click the link and you'll see that East Carolina pitcher Jeff Hoffman is mentioned in the 1-1 conversation, and Perfect Game's Frankie Piliere has Hoffman at 1-1, as well)