The son of former Washington Redskins defensive lineman, Tracy Rocker, Kumar Rocker has taken his own path to the baseball diamond. Once rated as the top prep arm in the class, Rocker is now projected to go in the middle of the first round.
RHP Kumar Rocker
School: North Oconee (Ga.) High School
Kumar Rocker stands out on a baseball field. His 6’5″/250 build is that of a defensive lineman, it is not necessarily the common build for a pitcher. Yet on the mound, Rocker uses his size and strength to his advantage. The Miami Marlins may be a perfect fit.
Rocker shows the ability to run the fastball up near 98 MPH with a smooth, repeatable delivery.
Rocker has long been on scouting radars with fellow Georgia native and Vanderbilt commit, Ethan Hankins. Both feature electric fastballs and have each made a push for being the top prep pitcher in the class.
This spring, Rocker outperformed Hankins on the mound who was dealing with shoulder tightness that limited him. Unfortunately, both seem to have been passed up with late surges by Carter Stewart and Matthew Liberatore.
Both Baseball America and FanGraphs have Rocker falling to the mid-30s in their latest mock drafts. This slide can be attributed to signability questions due to his Vanderbilt commitment, high bonus demands and failure to perform at the top of his game around high-level decision makers.