MLB Draft 2021 The Mets select Kumar Rocker 10th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft
The Marlins select Joe Mack 31st overall in the 2021 MLB Draft Sun, 11 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0700-With the 10th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected RHP Kumar Rocker out of Vanderbilt University. Rocker was widely regarded as the …
With the 10th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected RHP Kumar Rocker out of Vanderbilt University.
Rocker was widely regarded as the top prospect in the 2021 draft class entering the season, but an up-and-down junior season has cooled the hype surrounding the 6-foot-5, 245-pound right-hander. In 20 starts for the Commodores this year, Rocker had a 2.73 ERA with 179 strikeouts and 39 walks over 122 innings. But like Jack Leiter, his heavily-hyped rotation mate, he seemed to wear down as the season went on and allowed five or more runs in five of his last 13 starts. That inconsistency, combined with the fact that his fastball dropped down to the low 90s early in the season, has created more concerns surrounding Rocker’s ability to dominate as a professional, but the odds are still fairly good considering that he has elite size and stuff (a mid-90s fastball, a mid-80s slider, and a low-80s fastball) and has thrived against elite collegiate competition.
The Mets select Kumar Rocker 10th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft Sun, 11 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0700-The Marlins take a catcher with their second pick of the draft.
With the 31st overall selection in the 2021 MLB Draft (the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A), the Marlins selected catcher Joe Mack from Williamsville East High School in East Amherst, New York.
High school catchers are always risky picks, as teams tend to value plus hitters and hope their defense comes along — an interesting strategy at the one position where front offices still consistently value defense over offense. Mack is somewhat of an exception, however. While he likely wouldn’t be valued as highly if he wasn’t the ultra-rare left-handed hitting catcher, Mack is a solid defender with a strong arm and looks to have enough skill to stick behind the plate as a pro.
He’s a good contact hitter with a polished offensive approach, and while he hasn’t fully tapped into his power yet, he looks to have the size and strength to slug at an average level as a pro. While he’s still even more of a gamble than your average first-round pick, Mack is actually a pretty safe selection as far as high school catchers go.
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– July 11, 2021
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