Rangers pitching prospect Kumar Rocker was a top-ten pick for the last two Major League drafts. However, his pitching elbow suffered a torn ligament. As a result, he requires Tommy John surgery, which will take place sometime this week.
According to Sports Interaction sources, the Rangers picked Rocker third overall in last summer’s draft. The right-hander was part of the draft again after the New York Mets did not sign him after picking him tenth overall. Also, Texas Rangers GM Chris Young said it was an acute injury that Rocker sustained pitching for the Rangers.
Rocker has a 3.86 ERA in six starts for Hickory in Class A. According to white label sports betting reports, he was close to a promotion to the Major League. Also, he had 42 strikeouts pitching in 28 innings.
Rangers Pitching Prospect Kumar Rocker
Last year, the Rangers paid Rocker a $5.2 million signing bonus. That was far less than the slot value of almost $7.6 million for the third overall pick. So, after shoulder surgery in September 2021, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound pitcher spent the first half of 2022 with the Tri-City ValleyCats.
According to the best sportsbook pay per head, Rocker was the only unsigned first-round choice in the 2021 amateur baseball draft. The pitcher and the Mets could not strike a deal before the August deadline because New York was concerned about the health of his right arm. Scott Boras, Rocker’s agent, stated that the pitcher underwent “non-pitching-related minor surgery” on his right arm.
From 2019 to 2021, Rocker had a record of 28-10 with an ERA of 2.89 in 42 games for Vanderbilt, when he shared the mound with Jack Leiter. Leiter was selected second overall by the Rangers in 2021, and he is now in his second season with Double-A Frisco.