The New York Mets seemingly landed the steal of the 2021 MLB Draft when Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker fell to No. 10.
However, there appears to be a problem with Rocker’s throwing arm. According to a report from the New York Post, the Mets are concerned about his pitching elbow.
“The Mets’ agreement with their first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker is in limbo after the team expressed concerns with the right-hander’s pitching elbow during his physical examination,” the New York Post reported earlier this afternoon.
The Post reported that Rocker’s camp denied the allegations and pointed to his durability while at Vanderbilt.
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The New York Post highlighted what might happen between the Mets and Rocker over the next few days.
“Rocker, whom the Mets drafted 10th overall, had agreed to a $6 million signing bonus on draft day pending the physical,” the Post said. “The two sides could either sign off on a smaller figure, part ways altogether, or move forward with the original deal if the Mets determine that he’s worth the risk.”
If the two sides can’t agree to a deal, Rocker still has the ability to return to Vanderbilt to pitch for another season and then enter the MLB Draft once again.
The Mets would be given another pick in next year’s draft as a result as well.