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Astros already meeting with top draft prospect Carlos Rodon

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

If the MLB draft took place right now, it's a good bet that N.C. State left-handed ace Carlos Rodon would be the top overall pick without a second thought. He's the consensus top amateur prospect according to pretty much every reputable outlet that judges such things.

Perhaps further confirmation? The Astros are already checking him out.

Per Astros.com, the club is expected to send "a handful of scouts to meet with Rodon as early as this week."

Here's a look at Rodon from his freshman year, when he was an All-American and nominated for the Golden Spikes Award (yes, as a freshman):

That was his freshman year. In his sophomore year, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Rodon went 10-3 with a 2.99 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 184 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings (12.5 K/9). He helped lead the Wolfpack to the College World Series for the second time in school history -- the first since 1968.

This is the third straight top overall pick for the Astros, following Carlos Correa (SS) and Mark Appel (RHP).

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