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Report: Mets Don’t Plan To Sign Kumar Rocker Over Concerns With Physical Exam

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The New York Mets do not plan to sign right-hander Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft.

ESPN reports that unless there is a drastic change between now and the 5 p.m. ET signing deadline, 21-year-old Rocker — whose dominance at Vanderbilt made him the most well-known college player in perhaps a decade — had an agreement in place to sign for $6 million after he slipped down draft boards earlier this month.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports the deal fell apart following Rocker’s physical examination, where an elbow issue popped up on his post-draft physical. If Rocker does not sign, the Mets would receive the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation.

The possibility of the Mets and Rocker coming to an 11th-hour agreement always exists, unclear whether Rocker will return to Vanderbilt or pursue an alternate path, ESPN reports.

Rocker’s agent Scott Boras insists he is healthy, pointing to the 122 innings he threw over 20 starts in which he struck out 179 batters with a 2.73 ERA this year.

Further, sources familiar with Rocker’s situation said, outside orthopedists disagreed with the Mets’ assessment of Rocker’s health. ESPN reports the team expressed concerns over the health of Rocker’s arm following the physical last week.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. Last season, the Mets drafted MSState pitcher JT Ginn who has ALREADY had TJ surgery. He was picked at #52. He was signed and he’s pitched well at High A this season.

    I know the dollars at #10 and #52 are vastly different. Given the success that physicians have had providing that procedure to high level athletes, you’ve got to wonder why the Met’s have just dropped him.

  2. Not everyone bounces back from TJ like Yu Darvish or Jacob deGrom.

    Dylan Bundy threw 100+ in high school and the Orioles took him #4 overall. He got hurt and had a TJ in the minors. He showed some flashes for Baltimore but never put it together. Right now he’s 28 and was dropped from the Angels rotation with a 1-8 record and an ERA around 7. Last time I watched him pitch his fastball topped out at 91 mph.

    I wouldn’t sign him if I was the Mets. They get a compensatory pick at #11 in next years draft if he goes back to Vandy.

    I hope the young man recovers and has a long, productive career.

    • True, though a lot of the bounce back you have has to do with the work you put in, sticking to the rehab plan, and doing what the doctor and trainers tell you to do. I can tell you not all guys work hard or listen, so results vary. It’s a butt load of rehab work to get your arm back in shape, including getting your lower half stronger, so if you cut corners or don’t take it seriously your arm won’t be what it was.

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