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Rodon Named USA Baseball Player of the Year

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NC State’s Carlos Rodon won the Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year Award, given annually to USA Baseball’s top player

Durham, N.C. – NC State’s Carlos Rodon earned USA Baseball’s Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year Award, given annually to USA Baseball’s top player while honoring the memory of the organization’s founding executive director and CEO.

Rodon led the Wolfpack to the College World Series as a sophomore in 2013, and returned for a second stint with the Collegiate National Team to compose a brilliant summer ending with the first Richard W. “Dick” Case Award in NC State baseball history.

“Carlos Rodon’s performance this summer speaks for itself,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “It’s fitting he joins a group of past recipients that includes Stephen Strasburg, Huston Street, and Ben Sheets.”

The staff ace of the Collegiate National Team that hosted, and swept, the Cuban National Team, Rodon went 3-0, not allowing a run in 17 innings on the mound. He struck out 21 batters while walking four, allowing five hits in four starts.

The lefty saved his best performance for last, shutting out the powerful Cuban lineup for 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11 in a two-hit performance at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

In two years with Team USA, Rodon has gone 5-0 in nine outings, striking out 42 batters with a 0.75 ERA over 36 innings.

Rodon will be honored on November 2 at Carter-Finley Stadium during NC State’s football game against North Carolina.

Richard W. “Dick” Case Award Winners
2013: Carlos Rodon, Collegiate National Team
2012: Reese McGuire, 18U National Team
2011: Albert Almora, 18U National Team
2010: Alex Bregman, 16U National Team
2009: Justin Smoak, World Cup Team
2008: Stephen Strasburg, Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Teams
2007: Jayson Nix, World Cup Team
2006: J.P. Arencibia, Collegiate National Team
2005: Ryan Shealy, Pre-Olympic Qualifying Team
2004: Ryan Zimmerman, Collegiate National Team
2003: Huston Street, Collegiate National Team

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NC State Lands a Commitment from JUCO Pitcher Landon Carr

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NC State has landed a commitment from Junior College Pitcher Landon Carr out of Gaston College (Gaston County, North Carolina).

Carr spent his first two years of college ball at Gaston College. This past season, he appeared in 18 games, with an impressive ERA of 1.88, a WHIP of 0.98, striking out 56 batters in 48 innings. Carr only had 16 walks in 48 innings. He finished with a 7-1 record, 2 Complete Games, and 4 Saves.

Over two years, Carr’s career ERA is 2.23 in 68.2 innings pitched.

He had previously committed to Campbell on March 21st, but was released from his NLI due to a coaching change on July 2nd.

Last year, NC State struck gold in the JUCO ranks, picking up Outfielder Josh Hogue.

This offseason, the Wolfpack has also picked up commitments from:

UTL Trenton Lyons (Ole Miss)

1B Matt Ossenfort (Vanderbilt)

OF Dalen Thompson (Campbell)

P Julien Piessel (UNCG)

3B Ryan Jaros (Georgia Tech)

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NC State’s Garrett Pennington Signs UDFA Deal with the Detroit Tigers

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NC State 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Detroit Tigers.

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Pennington made the most of his 1 year in Raleigh, after transferring from Wichita St. last offseason. He finished tied for the 2nd most Doubles in a single season in NC State history, and earned a spot on the All-ACC Third Team.

This past season, Pennington hit .350, with 27 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, 65 RBI’s, 75 Runs, with an OPS of 1.100.

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NC State’s Alec Makarewicz Signs UDFA Deal with the White Sox

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NC State 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Chicago White Sox.

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A-Mak had one of the best offensive seasons in NC State history. He finished with the most Total Bases EVER in a single season, with the 4th most Home Runs & Doubles. He also earned multiple All-American honors, as well as 2nd Team All-ACC honors.

Makarewicz, who transferred from ECU last offseason, hit .378, with 24 Home Runs, 25 Doubles, 84 RBI’s, 66 Runs, with an OPS of 1.191.

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The Twins Draft NC State’s Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round

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The Minnesota Twins drafted NC State Pitcher Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round of hte 2024 MLB Draft, with the 578th overall pick.

Whitaker tossed a total of 205.1 innings pitched over three seasons in an NC State uniform, finishing with a 10-8 record, 210 strikeouts and a 4.78 ERA in 46 career appearances with 38 starts.

The right-hander overcame multiple injuries during his Wolfpack career to become a weekend staple for the Pack. In 2024, Whitaker made 13 pitching appearances with nine starts, finishing with a 3-1 record over 59.0 innings pitched despite missing a month due to illness. He ranked third on the team with 69 strikeouts, sporting a 69-to-22 strikeout to walk ratio. The veteran right-hander allowed just 0.37 walks per inning and limited opposing batters to a .252 batting average against him.

Whitaker dominated opposing hitters in NC State’s fourth journey to the Men’s College World Series in program history, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.60 over 17.1 postseason innings. He led all NC State pitchers with 23 strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament and held opposing hitters to just a .161 batting average against him. In his final collegiate outing, he tossed 7.0 innings of relief in a College World Series game against Florida, allowing just two hits and one run with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

In 2023, Whitaker was the Wolfpack’s primary Friday night starter, making 15 starts in 16 appearances. He finished the season with a 5-3 record, 4.29 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, tossing 79 strikeouts over 79.2 innings pitched. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on May 22, 2023, after tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with six strikeouts in his final regular season start of his redshirt junior season.

In 2022, Whitaker made 14 starts and 17 total appearances, logging 62 strikeouts over 66.2 innings pitched. He finished his redshirt sophomore season with a 4.73 ERA and notched his first career win against Longwood on Feb. 23, 2022, spinning five shutout frames.

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