The New York Mets announced on Sunday that they were unable to come to an agreement with Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker before the 5:00 pm et deadline.
The Mets determined on Rocker with the No. 10 elegant options in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Rocker fell a bit much like expected within the draft. First of all, the Mets touchdown Rocker with the No. 10 picks felt like a coup.
It was modified into extensively celebrated by the manner of Mets fans and analysts.
So why weren’t the Mets able to signal the proficient pitcher?
Seemingly, the Mets noticed something in Rocker’s placed up-draft bodily they didn’t like.
(in keeping with SNY’s Andy Martino, Rocker did not release scientific information
preceding the draft, but, that’s no longer a spread that became unique to Rocker.)
The Mets to start with provided Rocker a $6 million signing bonus that became contingent on a physical exam.
After that examination, the Mets in no manner countered with a reducing variety.
They basically told Rocker he has to both signal for no bonus and an ordinary minor-league revenue
(which isn’t an exquisite deal the least bit), or he ought to walk and re-enter the draft in 2022.
Rocker made the clever choice to walk away.
For now, we don’t have any concept of what the exam is located out. Rocker’s agent Scott Boras, however, continues that Rocker is healthy.
“Kumar Rocker is healthy steady with impartial scientific assessment via multiple excellent baseball orthopedic surgeons,” said Boras in an announcement. “
at once upon the conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on each his shoulder and his elbow.
At the equal time as in assessment alongside collectively with his 2018 MRIs, the health workers decided no giant alternate. Kumar requires no clinical interest and could maintain pitching inside the everyday path as he prepares to begin his expert career.”
Rocker isn’t making plans to go back to Vanderbilt subsequent season.
He is going to as an alternative put together for the 2022 MLB Draft.
The Mets, in the interim, will achieve the No. Eleven alternatives out within the 2022 MLB draft as reimbursement for not signing Rocker.