Scott Boras clarifies Kumar Rocker's health status after Mets pass on signing
Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker is healthy, according to his agent, Scott Boras, which contradicts earlier reporting about the New York Mets’ draft pick and his pitching elbow.
“Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons,” Rocker’s adviser, Scott Boras, said in a statement. “Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow. When compared with his 2018 MRIs, the medical experts found no significant change. Kumar requires no medical attention and will continue to pitch in the regular course as he prepares to begin his professional career.”
Rocker is coming off of a standout junior season. Rocker made first-team All-SEC this season, posting a 14-4 record and 2.73 ERA in 122 innings over 20 games.
Multiple sources told the New York Post the Mets completely cut bait with Rocker, never putting a contract on the table for him to accept or reject. ESPN reported that because Rocker was selected for MLB’s pre-draft MRI program and did not participate the Mets will receive the compensatory draft pick, even without the offer extended.
Rocker is not expected to return to Vanderbilt, and instead could pitch for an independent league team before re-entering the draft.
Here is a statement from Rocker’s agent, Scott Boras, in which he declares Rocker healthy. A statement from the Mets is expected soon, too. pic.twitter.com/xrCSSW9iKy
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2021