Sarris: Carlos Rodon is going to break out, or already has

From SABR member Eno Sarris at FanGraphs on April 6, 2016:

It’s anecdotal of course, of little value maybe, but when you’re talking to Carlos Rodon these days, you get a different feeling than you might have last year. He’s more… comfortable. He’s not a rookie anymore. “Knowing you belong” is really important, as he put it to me.

But the reason he knows he belongs now is that he had a great second half last year. He agreed that went a long way to calming the nerves. But anyone can have a great half without a major adjustment, only to see things change once again at the whim of the baseball gods.

The good news is that Rodon made two huge adjustments last year that coincided with the start of his run. That suggests it wasn’t luck. That suggests that Rodon has found something that can help him walk fewer batters. And that’s about all that stands between Rodon and a breakout season.

 “I moved towards third base on the rubber,” he deadpanned. That sounds little. It is! But the effects cascaded throughout his pitching mix.

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Originally published: April 6, 2016. Last Updated: April 6, 2016.