Kumar Rocker May Have Arm Issues That Are Holding Up Mets Deal

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With a Sunday contract deadline looming, unease surrounds the Mets and first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker. Just over two weeks after they selected the Vanderbilt pitcher 10th overall, New York is concerned with the health of his elbow. If the Mets don’t like what they see, the flame thrower could be headed back to college.

Earlier this month, the Mets and the right-hander verbally agreed to a $6 million signing bonus, pending a physical. Now, the New York Post is reporting that the team is having second thoughts about signing Rocker because of the results of that physical.

The Mets and Rocker have until Sunday at 5 p.m. to agree on a contract. Otherwise, the 21-year-old Rocker, who never missed a start at Vanderbilt, will likely head back to Nashville with his sights set on the 2022 draft. In the event they fail to come to terms, New York would receive a “makeup pick” in next summer’s draft.

Rocker’s questionable arm health is a surprise. He was extremely reliable with the Commodores, starting 39 games over his career, including a no-hitter. His 122 strikeouts this season tied for most in the NCAA. Those eye-popping stats were a big reason why the Mets drafted him in the opening round – the first pitcher selected by the club in round one since 2017.

His status with the Mets could change in a New York minute.

Written by Anthony Farris


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  1. I thought something was up. His velocity dropped a tick this year when he should have been gaining. He never looked like he was comfortable to let it loose. Pretty impressive the guy gutted out a great season all with elbow issues. You can fix elbow stuff. Imagine if he’s healthy.

  2. MLB draft is such a disaster. This is the first year they had a combine. They have it right after the amateur seasons end. They need to push it back to the fall, expand the combine and do physicals on the top 75-100 players. It’s ridiculous you find this out after you draft a guy 6th overall and possibly have to throw him back in the pool.

    • That’s what you would think right? Have physicals BEFORE you draft to make sure your player’s arm works properly that you’re paying for? I mean, that’s like going to buy a luxury car for 150k, but you can’t see, test drive, or know anything about the car you’re getting before you buy.

      • The College WS finished 7/1. The draft was 10 days later. It makes no sense. After they get signed they will have maybe 6-7 weeks of Rookie League or Low A ball that wraps mid-September.

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