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Former Vanderbilt Commodores baseball star Kumar Rocker, draft-eligible again, had September shoulder surgery, sources say

Former Vanderbilt star Kumar Rocker underwent shoulder surgery in September, receiving what his agent called “a minor scope” on his right arm, sources familiar with the procedure told ESPN.

Rocker, the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft, did not sign with the New York Mets after the team balked at the condition of his pitching arm. Now 22 and again draft-eligible, Rocker has steadily climbed teams’ boards over the past month after regularly hitting 98 mph with his fastball in a dominant five-game stint with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the independent Frontier League.

“We have a very clear understanding, after a minor scope, of Kumar’s medically documented health, which has allowed him to perform at the highest levels,” said Scott Boras, Rocker’s agent.

Earlier in the week, MLB clubs were provided with notes on the procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but there was not an MRI or any imaging included. Rocker is expected to again go in the first round in the July 17 draft. In a draft short on pitching, Rocker’s combination of pedigree and the stuff he showed with Tri-City could compel teams to consider him far earlier than they were in recent months.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2022 at 07:16 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: July 04, 2022 at 11:24 PM (#6085538)
Well, maybe not quite the highest levels.
   2. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 04, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6085539)
I'd been wondering what had happened to him, mostly because of his awesome name.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: July 04, 2022 at 11:52 PM (#6085542)
Well, maybe not quite the highest levels.

Don't tell me you're one of those neanderthals that thinks the game consists of something besides statcast performance metrics. Next thing we know, you'll be asking about ERA!!
   4. bookbook Posted: July 05, 2022 at 07:24 AM (#6085551)
If all was honky dory, they wouldn’t be playing games.

I think he has a career, which may make him good value at the end of the first round, but there are also multiple surgeries in his future.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: July 05, 2022 at 09:13 AM (#6085557)
Isn't the perfect team to draft him the Mets? They've got 2 first rounders (11 and 14) so they can take the gamble on him with the benefit that even if he busts they still have a first rounder. I'd think if he gets beyond about 15 or so then a team kind of has to take him just on the basis that you can't pass up a guy with that kind of talent.

I'm a big fan of looking for guys who seem to have slipped from high pick to late first round. I think sometimes guys get overscouted and people start seeing the flaws rather than the positives. Rocker is a bit similar I think and the Mets are in the perfect position to take the chance.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2022 at 09:19 AM (#6085558)
They can't draft him unless they get his permission, right?
   7. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: July 05, 2022 at 10:48 AM (#6085572)
I didn't know that. Guess that makes some sense.
   8. Lassus Posted: July 05, 2022 at 10:50 AM (#6085575)
He meant my permission.
   9. DanG Posted: July 05, 2022 at 12:25 PM (#6085600)
Former Tuskegee Commodores star Lionel Richie is also draft eligible!
   10. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2022 at 04:41 PM (#6085647)
Lionel Richie would answer if you called. He'd say ...
   11. The Mighty Quintana Posted: July 05, 2022 at 04:47 PM (#6085650)
Are teams looking at him as a starter still? Would seem to make more sense to make him a closer right off the jump.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 05, 2022 at 07:48 PM (#6085677)
Are teams looking at him as a starter still? Would seem to make more sense to make him a closer right off the jump.

Then why would you take him in the first round? Nearly every team has multiple closer level-relievers every year, many of them coming out of nowhere. The Yankees have an entire bull-pen of low round picks, cheap FAs and retreads.
   13. . . . . . . Posted: July 05, 2022 at 08:30 PM (#6085680)
Yeah I don’t get why you’d take him in the first round either - unless he was agreeing to take under slot. There are plenty of guys who throw 98 who don’t have mincemeat shoulders

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