NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Mets didn’t signal their high choose from final month’s novice draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, by Sunday’s 5 p.m. EDT deadline, over concern about his medical scans.
New York chosen Rocker with the tenth total choose and can obtain an additional choice in subsequent yr’s novice draft, the choose after the tenth alternative, due to their failure to signal the 21-year-old right-hander.
The Mets misplaced the $4,739,900 slot worth out there for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s choose.
“That is clearly not the result we had hoped for and need Kumar nothing however success transferring ahead,” Mets appearing basic supervisor Zack Scott mentioned in a press release.
Rocker was a junior and is eligible to return to Vanderbilt for his senior season.
“Kumar Rocker is wholesome in line with impartial medical evaluation by a number of distinguished baseball orthopedic surgeons,” his consultant, Scott Boras, mentioned in a press release. “Instantly upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on each his shoulder and his elbow. Compared along with his 2018 MRIs, the medical specialists discovered no vital change. Kumar requires no medical consideration and can proceed to pitch within the common course as he prepares to start his skilled profession.”
Rocker was the one participant among the many first 29 first-round picks who didn’t signal.
Two gamers finalized agreements on the ultimate day.
Arizona signed Jordan Lawair, a shortstop from Jesuit Faculty Prep in Texas, for $6,713,300, and Miami signed Marlins, Kahlil Watson, a shortstop from Wake Forest Excessive Faculty in North Carolina, for $4,540,790.
This yr’s novice draft was reduce from 40 rounds to twenty because of the coronavirus pandemic. Final yr’s draft was decreased to 5 rounds.
The Mets spent $3,407,900 of the $4,286,400 remaining of their signing bonus pool, reaching agreements with their different 9 picks within the first spherical. Failing to signal Rocker left $878,500 unspent.
Texas signed Oregon right-hander Aaron Zavala, the thirty eighth total choose, for $830,000.
The second-highest choose who didn’t signal was Florida outfielder Fabian Jud, additionally a junior, who was chosen by Boston fortieth total.
Pittsburgh signed right-hander Owen Kellington, a highschool pitcher for Vermont, for $600,000 after taking him 102nd.
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