Kumar Rocker isn’t pitching for the Mets, however throwing for an expert staff remains to be in play.
Rocker, who was surprisingly and controversially not signed by the Mets regardless of being the No. 10 decide in July’s draft, is figuring out each in California and Tennessee, close to the place he performed faculty baseball in Nashville, his former coach advised reporters not too long ago.
In response to Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, Rocker — whom the Mets left unsigned due to medical issues over his bodily — is throwing off the mound and will pitch in an impartial league this yr.
“Primarily based on my conversations with him, [Rocker] could possibly be enjoying just a little little bit of baseball this yr however it could be in an impartial league, however I’m nonetheless undecided about that,” Corbin advised reporters Wednesday, in accordance with the Tennessean. “These are the issues that he’s doing along with his advisement. However he’s doing effectively, he appears nice, he appears as nice as he’s ever seemed in my view during the last 4 years, he’s figuring out very effectively and he’s very a lot on the right track to be very wholesome and be pitching in some unspecified time in the future. … Unlucky state of affairs, however he’s made one of the best of it.”
Rocker’s agent, Scott Boras, has stated the righty will re-enter the draft this summer season. Pitching in an impartial league could be a manner for Rocker to each keep in form and show to MLB groups that his prized arm is wholesome. He might have returned to Vanderbilt for his senior season however opted in opposition to it.
“Kumar Rocker is wanting nice,” Boras stated in November. “[He’s] throwing nice and we predict anyone goes to be very fortunate and somebody could also be very unfortunate as to how issues end up for Kumar Rocker.”
In response to The Submit’s Mike Puma, the Mets by no means made Rocker a proposal amid well being issues Boras repeatedly has stated usually are not primarily based in truth. The Mets had constructed their total draft round a big bonus for Rocker, so whereas they may obtain the No. 11 decide on this yr’s draft as compensation, they nonetheless have regrets about how issues performed out with the school famous person.