NC State's baseball program received huge news last night when signees Brett Austin and Carlos Rodon chose to not sign pro contracts with the Padres and Brewers respectively.
The deadline for drafted players to sign with major league teams was midnight on August 15th, and it went down to the wire for both players.
Austin, a switch-hitting catcher out of Charlotte (NC) Providence High School, was picked No. 54 overall by the San Diego Padres. He hit .537 this past season with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. Austin reportedly turned down a seven-figure signing bonus from the Padres to attend NC State.
Rodon, a left-handed pitcher out of Holly Springs (NC) High School, was a 16th round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished the year with an 11-0 record and a 1.40 ERA with 135 strikeouts. In the state finals he pitched a complete game two-hitter in one game and batted .500 for the series, taking home MVP honors.
Both players are expected to contribute right away at NC State.