He is from Watkinsville, Georgia. The 2021 MLB amateur draft may contain two of the best and most polished pitching prospects the game has seen this century. As far as the mock drafts go, MLB Pipeline has Rocker falling to #23 with the Yankees. Rocker attended North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia. Keith Law has Rocker going to the Colorado Rockies at #22 in his most recent mock, as does Baseball America, although BA also mentions Rocker as a potential option for the hometown Braves at #8. Rocker is a very interesting draft prospect and was an early contender for a potential selection near the very top of the draft, but his stock has slipped a bit as the draft season has gone on. During the Super Regionals in 2019, Rocker put on a show, recording the first ever no-hitter in Super Regional play during the NCAA tournament history. Become a Member No Thanks Already a member? Rocker would seem to check a variety of boxes for what the Rangers tend to select in the first round -- big, athletic, from Georgia, projectable. The Fangraphs mock linked above has him going in the supplemental first round. 2018 MLB Draft preview: Kumar Rocker scouting report. Leading up to draft day, we will be doing writeups of some of the players who could end up getting selected by the Rangers with one of their first two picks. OMAHA, NE - JUNE 25: Pitcher Kumar Rocker #80 of the Vanderbilt Commodores delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Michigan Wolverines during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 25, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, or follow the site on Facebook. There’s not much left to project in terms of physical maturation with Rocker as his body appears to be maxed out with development. Perhaps they could wind up being available in the second round. All major league baseball data including pitch type, velocity, batted ball location, We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. The Reds have been going to Georgia early in the draft in the last few years, picking up both Tyler Stephenson and Taylor Trammell from the state in recent drafts from the Peach State. Help Support FanGraphs. The drawback is that his mechanics aren’t ones that many see as a sure-fire starting pitcher, with plenty believing they could push him to the bullpen in the long run. This mock has the Braves taking a very interesting Georgia prep RHP. He’s also the son of former Auburn Outland Trophy winner and Washington Redskin lineman Tracy Rocker, the gentleman who is in the photo accompanying this post. You should go read the mock above, but other players that were mocked in the general area of the Braves’ pick include prep righty Carter Stewart, Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart, and college lefty Ryan Rolison. Career. As with most prep pitchers, he’s primarily a two pitch guy right now, with his changeup still needing a lot of work. 2) because I think the quality and consistency of his secondary stuff is better than Kumar Rocker ’s, though if you prefer Rocker because you think the changeup has more helium (it’s better this year than it was last season) or just because of his Zion Williamson-level physicality relative to his peers, that’s also fine. When it comes to Kumar Rocker, things are a bit strange. The 71-win mark would qualify for the fifth lowest win total in the league with the Baltimore Orioles bringing up the rear with a projected win/loss record of 61-101. He’s also the son of former Auburn Outland Trophy winner and Washington Redskin lineman Tracy Rocker… Fangraphs mock draft has the Braves taking Kumar Rocker, Braves missed out on a storybook ending to the NLCS in Game 5. KC Chiefs: Questions to address at running back in 2020 offseason, KC Chiefs News: Sammy Watkins pondering future destination on Twitter, Royals All-Time Single-Season Leaders in HR, Best Free Agent Signings Under Dayton Moore, 2020 season projections over at fangraphs.com, recording the first ever no-hitter in Super Regional play during the NCAA tournament history, Kansas City Royals: Biggest questions from Spring Training after week two, Kenny Atkinson Out As Brooklyn Nets Head Coach, KC Royals: Great spring training not enough for Kyle Isbel to make roster, Kansas City Royals: Starters encouraged to throw exclusively from stretch, KC Royals News: Fifth starter still a mystery for Royals, Top 25 Super Bowl Performances of All Time, Each NHL Team's Most Likely Future Hall of Famer, 30 Greatest Teams in Premier League History, 28 most memorable buzzer beaters in March Madness history, 2019 (Freshman year – Vanderbilt University): 3.25 ERA, 1.094 WHIP, 114 Ks in 99.2 innings, 2020 (Sophomore year- Vanderbilt University): 0.75 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, 21 Ks in 12.0 innings (thru February). The American athlete has a strong and healthy body that stands to a tall height of 6 feet 4 inches. Kumar Rocker is 6’5” high school pitcher out of Georgia. And he’s known to be a guy who throws a lot of strikes. The guys over at Fangraphs released their latest mock draft this morning. It’s possible he slides into the second round, being ranked in the 30’s by both publications. In this mock, the publication says the Orioles will select Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker. The arm plays well, but the rest of his game behind the plate is behind other catchers in the class and needs to show improvement. His command is further along at this point in his development nearly at its projected future value. Here’s why. The 2020 season projections over at fangraphs.com project the Kansas City Royals to finish the 2020 season at 71-91. His fastball tops out around 98-mph, typically sitting around 92-95 mph with sinker movement. Despite that, he may wind up dropping out of the first round. His slider flashes potential plus-plus action with horizontal and vertical movement. Kumar Rocker headlines an unbelievably talented pitching staff and he will face some the best competition in the SEC conference all season long. Williams was among the GM/president types who were in to see Canadian prep catcher Noah Naylor earlier this spring. If he continues his outstanding performance, he’ll continue gain helium as a potential game changing talent. If he’s able to be more consistent with his endurance, command, movement, and velocity he’s a potential Ace type pitcher. Whether or not the Braves will miss out on one of the top guys due to their position with the eighth overall pick remains to be seen, but in Fangraphs’ mock draft that they posted yesterday, they have the Braves going with a Georgia prep pitcher with big-time stuff and a couple of questions. Taking a look at potential Texas Rangers draft pick Kumar Rocker. Play-by-play data prior to 2002 was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted And please don't worry, your report will be anonymous. Kumar Rocker (born November 22, 1999) is an American college baseball pitcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker (80) tips his hat to fans after the team's NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Duke on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Rocker … Play-by-play data prior to 2002 was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted The Rangers’ first round pick is at #15 and their second round pick is at #55 — they have no compensatory picks this year.