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MLB Draft analysis for every first-round pick from The Athletic’s Keith Law - The Athletic $

Keith Law’s analysis. For comparison, here’s his view on the Rocker pick.

3. Texas Rangers: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City ValleyCats

No. 33 on the Big Board

Well, the Rangers just threw a metaphorical grenade into this draft, selecting Rocker with the third pick – so Rocker is probably going to end up with more money this year than he would have gotten had he signed with the Mets last year. Rocker threw a few times for the Tri-City ValleyCats this June, sitting 95-98 mph in his best outing with an above-average slider, working from a lower arm slot than he had at Vanderbilt. This gave his fastball more life, but also at least raises the question of whether this is a result of the shoulder surgery he had in September. Now he joins former Vanderbilt rotation-made Jack Leiter in the Rangers system. If you’d said to pretty much anyone in baseball in March 2021 that one organization would end up with both of those pitchers, they would have laughed maniacally in your face.

Scouting report: Rocker was the 10th-overall pick last year, selected by the Mets, but the team declined to offer him a contract after finding something they didn’t like in his post-draft physical. Rocker left Vanderbilt to pitch for the independent Tri-City ValleyCats in upstate New York, where he was 95-98 in his first outing with two above-average breaking balls and an adequate changeup, showing a lower arm slot than he had last year. Rocker has shown a plus-plus slider at times in the past, and there’s no reason to think his fastball is back but his slider isn’t. He has always had better control than command, and while he’s shown incredible competitiveness in some games — like the no-hitter he threw in 2019, when he was pushed to 131 pitches — he’s also had outings where he seemed to struggle to adjust mid-game. He has No. 2 starter upside, if healthy, but the risk associated with his medicals may make him a better bet for some team’s second pick.

jimfurtado Posted: July 18, 2022 at 11:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
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2022 MLB Draft: Day One Recap | FanGraphs Baseball

The Fangraphs’ take, team by team.

On Rocker, ESPN’s coverage talked about the change in arm slot, while MLB’s coverage didn’t mention it. (I’m only part way through ESPN’s version but I’m enjoying it so far. If Karl Ravich let Kiley and the rest talk a bit more it would be better.)

It sounds like Kumar Rocker’s deal is for a little north of $5 million, saving the Rangers about $2.5 million in pool space. Because they don’t pick again until 109, it’s unlikely that they can target any individual player there, and I think they’re more likely to spread that out to many players in the mid-six-figure bonus range. Rocker going this high was a surprise, and it was absolutely delightful to tell the chat and those sitting around me at the draft that things were about to go off the rails. I hope Rocker stays healthy and shoves, but it’s very strange to me that his arm slot is nearly 90 degrees lower than it was 12 months ago.

jimfurtado Posted: July 18, 2022 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
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2022 MLB Draft Day 1 complete coverage

Shock pick. It will be interesting to see how the bonus plays out after the Rangers see his complete medicals.

3) Rangers: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City ValleyCats (Frontier League)
Well we knew this Draft was going to be unpredictable, but we didn’t know it was going to turn like this so quickly. Rocker, of course, was a contender to go No. 1 overall in the ‘21 Draft and went No. 10 to the Mets, who decided not to offer him any signing bonus because of concerns about his medicals. That meant he had to come back to the Draft this year. He pitched well in Independent ball this summer, though it was revealed recently that he had shoulder surgery last fall. The Rangers obviously felt comfortable enough to take him very high—and to come to an agreement on a contract with a $5.2 million bonus just hours later, a source told MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis. Rocker gets to reunite with his Vanderbilt teammate Jack Leiter, who represented the Rangers in the Futures Game in L.A. on Saturday. – Mayo

jimfurtado Posted: July 18, 2022 at 11:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
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