The T-Shirt Guy had one the Top 12 All Time Mets Daniel Murphy on his podcast today. I am not sure the embed will work here and if it doesn’t then try this or just use your podcast app and download the Orange and Blue Thing.
METS SELECT KUMAR ROCKER IN THE 2021 FIRST YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
FLUSHING, N.Y., July 11, 2021 – The New York Mets today announced that the club selected right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker from Vanderbilt University with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft.
Rocker, 21, was ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect and by MLB Pipeline as the sixth-best prospect in the 2021 Draft. He was ranked as the second-best pitcher, behind former teammate Jack Leiter.
The right-handed pitcher went 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA (37 earned runs/122.0 innings) with 39 walks and 179 strikeouts in 20 starts during the 2021 season. He led NCAA Division I in wins and tied Jack Leiter for the most strikeouts. During his three-year career at Vanderbilt, he posted a 28-10 record with a 2.89 ERA (76 earned runs/236.2 innings) with 68 walks and 321 punchouts in 47 career games (39 starts).
The Athens, Georgia native was selected to the All-SEC First Team this year and was a Dick Howser Trophy finalist as well as a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist. He went 12-5 with a 3.25 ERA (36 earned runs/99.2 innings) with 21 walks and 114 strikeouts in 22 games (16 starts) during his freshman year when he was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year and to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player after going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA as the Commodores won the 2019 title.
The six-foot, 245-pounder was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia, but did not sign. His father, Tracy Rocker, played college football at Auburn University and played in the NFL with Washington. He currently serves as the defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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I am not a fan of this trend of players just skipping the All Star Game, including deGrom. I get that you might not be available to pitch, but you should still go.
As a fan, I want to see my team – also MLB I want to see my team in OUR uniforms not this generic crap you introduced.
So if deGrom isn’t going – and maybe they wind up adding Walker – there’s someone that MLB should invite, and it is this guy.
Mets Police readers know I am no fan of Pete and I would personally drop him off at the airport when the Mets wise up and trade him before his value diminishes as he isn’t that good at baseball….
…but he does have star power. And the All Star Game should be about marketing the game.
A fan in another city might not realize Pete is bad at baseball, but on Monday night at the HR Derby they are going to be sold that he’s Paul Bunyan, the lovable Polar Bear.
So always print the legend and get some eyeballs on the game. If this Polar Bear guy is so exciting on Monday, then get him in the game on Tuesday. That’s pretty simple, no?
In a related matter, MLB is going to have to do something. You can’t have guys like deGrom and Altuve deciding they’d rather have a long weekend. That doesn’t grow the game. If the All Star Game isn’t important to the All Stars then why even have it. I’d also be curious to see how Fox feels about this.
I see someone named Zack Wheeler may start for the NL. Hi Brodie.
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