Battery power: White Sox draft Rodon's catcher at NC State

Battery power: White Sox draft Rodon's catcher at NC State
June 6, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Charlie Roumeliotis

After selecting North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday, the White Sox decided to use their fourth-round pick on a guy who knows Rodon pretty well.

Brett Austin spent the majority of this season backstopping Rodon, who registered a 2.01 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 98.2 innings pitched. And now, the two will remain teammates and have the opportunity the build on their successes in the pros.

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Austin, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound catcher, led NC State with a .344 batting average in 2013, and also caught 586 of 616 innings (95.1 percent).

While the White Sox are certainly hoping Rodon can follow in Chris Sale's footsteps, they're also hoping Austin will be the guy right next to — or behind? — Rodon the whole way.