IP 42
ERA 4.071
WHIP 1.238
BB/9 4.071
SO/9 12.857
  • Full name Kumar Rocker
  • Born 11/22/1999 in Watkinsville, GA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 245 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Vanderbilt
  • Drafted in the 1st round (3rd overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2022 (signed for $5,200,000).
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    Despite not throwing a pitch in amateur baseball this spring, Kumar Rocker is likely one of the most famous prospects in the 2022 class. A first-round talent out of high school, Rocker became the highest-ranked player (No. 13) in Baseball America’s college recruiting rankings history to make it to campus at Vanderbilt. While there, Rocker was one of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball over his three-year career, posting a 2.89 ERA over 236.2 innings, with 321 strikeouts (33.2 K%) and 68 walks (7.0 BB%). He was the 2019 Freshman of the Year after helping push the Commodores to a 2019 College World Series championship and after a strong 2021 junior draft season, was selected by the Mets with the 10th overall pick. The two sides never agreed to a deal because of medical concerns voiced by the Mets, which meant the team got a compensation pick (No. 11) in the 2022 draft and Rocker had to wait another year to enter affiliated ball. Instead of returning to Vanderbilt, Rocker signed with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Frontier League, and he made his debut on June 4. In terms of stuff, physicality and track record as a college-equivalent starting pitcher, no prospect comes close to Rocker in the 2022 class. When on the mound he’s shown a fastball up to 99 mph at peak, and he showed that same velocity during his Tri-City debut, along with a 70-grade slider that has made a mockery of amateur hitters, as well as a solid changeup and cutter. Rocker’s velocity fluctuated during his junior season with Vanderbilt, which raised some concerns, but it’s an easy plus offering which pairs well with a low-to-mid-80s slider that is a real wipeout offering. While Rocker’s command has been nitpicked at times, he has a strong track record of throwing strikes and profiles as a starter at the next level, with middle-of-the-rotation or better stuff at his best. Ultimately, Rocker’s 2022 draft status could depend on how teams view his medical—as he has nothing left to prove in terms of stuff and performance and is likely the top non-prep arm in the class on talent.

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Career Transactions

  • Hickory Crawdads placed RHP Kumar Rocker on the 60-day injured list.
  • RHP Kumar Rocker roster status changed by Hickory Crawdads.
  • Hickory Crawdads placed RHP Kumar Rocker on the 7-day injured list.
  • RHP Kumar Rocker assigned to Hickory Crawdads from ACL Rangers.
  • RHP Kumar Rocker assigned to ACL Rangers from Rangers Organization.
  • RHP Kumar Rocker roster status changed by Texas Rangers.
  • Texas Rangers invited non-roster RHP Kumar Rocker to spring training.

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