Kumar Rocker fell on the laps to the New York Mets at No. 10 overall in the 2021 MLB draft on July 11, but now it looks like the Vanderbilt pitcher is likely to slip through their fingers.
According to ESPN Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel On Sunday morning (Aug. 1), the Mets “do not plan to” sign Rocker “unless there is a drastic change.”
The Mets had previously agreed to sign Rocker with a $ 6 million signing bonus, “but the deal fell through after his physical, and multiple sources said they don’t expect a revised one to come out before the deadline.”
The report then adds:
Either way, the mutual excitement on draft night July 11 has evaporated for the past three weeks. Rocker’s camp, led by agent Scott Boras, insists he’s healthy, pointing to the 122 innings he pitched. in 20 starts in which he struck out 179 batters with a 2.73 ERA this year.In addition, sources familiar with Rocker’s situation said outside orthopedists disagreed with the Mets’ assessment of Rocker’s health, as may happen with multiple exams. rocker’s arm health after last week’s physical exam. “
Earlier this week, Ken Davidoff from The New York Post He specified that the Mets’ main concern is Rocker’s pitching elbow. That was also confirmed by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com: