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Kumar Rocker is close to finalizing a deal that would have him pitch in the Independent League within the next two weeks, though the team is yet unknown.
Rocker is on track to begin pitching competitively in June. A report in January stated that he was preparing for the 2022 MLB Draft, splitting time between Knoxville and California according to his former coach at Vanderbilt. The former 2021 overall No. 10 pick of the New York Mets failed to sign with the team over injury concerns, but he should attract plenty of attention from MLB teams when he starts throwing again.
Mets GM Zack Scott confirmed Sunday night that the club failed to sign 2021 first-round pick, Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker.
The Mets were thrilled when Rocker fell to them at No. 10 overall, but apparently they didn't like what came up in his medical examinations. It's a bummer as the most famous member of this year's draft class could've been electric in New York. Instead, Rocker will return to college next season, and the Mets will receive the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation.
According to Jeff Passan, the New York Mets do not plan to sign first-rounder Kumar Rocker. Sources say that Rocker didn't pass his physical examination due to an issue with his right elbow.
Rocker, the No. 10 overall pick for the Mets, was one of the most surprising picks in the draft. In Rocker's junior year at Vanderbilt, he went 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA and a 0.934 WHIP. He fell to 10th draft, which was a huge drop considering his early draft projections. If the Mets don't sign Rocker, he will be going back to Vanderbilt and the Mets will get the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Mets' contract with first-round selection Kumar Rocker is in jeopardy over concerns about his pitching elbow.
Not good. Rocker and the Mets were extremely quick to get an agreement in place, but it seems as if something has popped up during his medical exams. The signing deadline is Sunday at 5 PM EST, so we'll now wait and see if the two sides can reach a deal. The Mets would receive the No. 11 pick in the 2022 amateur draft if a deal doesn't come to fruition.
The Mets signed first-round pick RHP Kumar Rocker.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports Rocker will command a signing bonus of $6 million, which is a lot higher than the assigned slot value for the 10th overall pick. It isn't an issue for New York, though, who are more than happy to have had Rocker fall to them at No. 10 overall. Rocker will be one of the top picks for fantasy managers in first year player drafts.