The New York Mets failed to sign the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft, Kumar Rocker, before Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET signing deadline.
“This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward,” said acting Mets general manager Zack Scott in a statement.
The 21-year-old had an agreement to sign for $6 million with the Mets after falling down the draft boards this month. However, it was reported that the Mets were concerned with the health of his arm following a physical examination.
Scott Boras, Rocker’s agent, insisted that the right-hander is in good shape.
“Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons,” said Boras. “Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow.”
As compensation for not signing the player, the Mets will be given the 11th pick in the 2022 draft.