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Mets and first round pick Kumar Rocker agree to deal

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The Mets and Rocker wasted no time in agreeing to a deal to get the highly touted right-hander into the organization.

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A mere two days after making him the tenth overall pick in the draft, the Mets signed Kumar Rocker, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The deal comes with a $6 million signing bonus, which is significantly above the $4.74 million slot value of the pick, and slots right in between the fifth and sixth picks and this year’s draft — though that hardly comes as a surprise. On draft night, Jeff Passan alluded to the bonus Rocker would command, mentioning he would have to get top five money to not go back to Vanderbilt for a fourth season. The Mets happily obliged, as Rocker instantly slots in as one of the premier prospects in their system.

Rocker who, despite falling down boards due to some inconsistent fastball velocity last year, was excellent, going 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 122 innings. While that workload will likely preclude him from having a big impact on any of the Mets minor league teams in 2021, he will be one of the most exciting names to watch when he debuts in earnest in 2022, and beyond that as he works his way to the major leagues.