In case you hadn’t heard – and since Mel Kiper Jr. isn’t endlessly yapping about it, you probably haven’t — the first rounds of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft will be broadcast tonight from the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. beginning at 7 p.m. (ET).
Heading into 2014, North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon was considered a near-lock to be the first-overall pick. Why? The left-hander had a 10-3 record with a 2.99 ERA and 184Ks in 132.1 IP in 2013. The junior southpaw finished 2014 with 6-7 record and an ERA of 2.01 with 117 Ks in 98.2 IP, totals slightly off his sophomore numbers.
In addition to his obvious talent, Rodon also has a lovely lady: East Carolina cheerleader Keely Warren (@keelyjolene). She and Rodon have been dating for about a year or so; you can basically see their history documented on her fun Instagram profile.
Warren is a Southern belle who doesn’t take herself too seriously: pics of her doing shots out of a shampoo bottle and chowing down food are included next to selfies and bikini pics. She’s also a hardcore White Sox fan.
Kind of makes you want to root for Rodon to go to Chicago, doesn’t it?
While high school prospects Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek have stepped up to challenge Rodon’s claim on the top spot, Rodon is still guaranteed to be taken in the first 10 picks.
Warren seems ready:
— Keely Warren (@keelyjolene) June 5, 2014