Mets rumors: Does Kumar Rocker already have medical issues?

Kumar Rocker (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Kumar Rocker (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets are being “very tight lipped” on a reported medical issue for a future member of their starting rotation, Kumar Rocker.

Injuries have taken their toll on the Mets on the big-league level this season, and now it appears their first-round draft selection, Kumar Rocker, could be dealing with the injury bug as well.

Jack Ramsey of the USA TODAY-Mets Network reports New York is being very quiet about a medical issue for Rocker that has recently come up.

Selected with the 10th-overall pick in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft, Rocker fell down the board when he originally was projected as a Top-5 choice earlier in the college baseball season. Could this medical issue be a reason for that? Maybe, but until there is official word from the Mets it’s all speculation. Zach Braziller of The New York Post also reported Kumar’s high money demands and a slight dip in velocity were a concern for teams who picked before New York.

The Mets have not addressed Kumar Rocker’s reported medical issue

It’s being reported by Ramsey that Rocker is still expected to sign, so any “injury” or salary it shouldn’t be too much of a concern at the moment.

The 21-year-old had no major injury history during his three years at Vanderbilt. In 20 starts as a Commodore this season, Rocker posted a 2.73 ERA, 0.934 WHIP, and a 13.2 K/9 rate over 122 innings pitched.

There’s certainly no rush for Rocker to reach the big leagues, although many believe he can get to Queens soon. The Mets won’t complain if he soars through the minors at a rapid pace but they want the best version of Rocker whenever he makes his MLB debut.

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