Jul 17, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball speaks at the MLB draft stage at XBox Plaza at LA Live. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 MLB Draft took place on Sunday featuring a number of interesting storylines, but there was perhaps no more talked-about development than the third-overall selection of former Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker.

Rocker was previously selected by the New York Mets with the 10th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. But he didn’t sign with the Mets after the team cited some medical concerns that emerged following the draft.

He re-declared for the 2022 MLB Draft after a brief stint with the Tri-City Valleycats of the Frontier League back in May.

Many thought that Rocker’s injury concerns in last year’s draft would impact his draft stock in the 2022 MLB Draft, but it did quite the opposite.

Rocker was selected by the Texas Rangers on Sunday night with the third pick in the draft, which was seen by most as an extremely shocking move. That move got the attention of many around the MLB world.

Rocker will now join Vanderbilt teammate Jack Leiter in Texas. Leiter went second overall to the Rangers in last year’s draft.

While some questioned the Rangers for their decision to invest heavy draft capital into a player like Rocker with notable injury concerns, others took to social media to express their congratulations for Rocker.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave his thoughts on the draft pick, appreciating the grind that it took for Rocker to get back into the top 10 of the MLB Draft in back-to-back years.

“So awesome to watch man! Glad this dude kept grinding and ended up top 10 again!”

It appears that Rocker’s medical examinations went without issue this time around, as he has signed with the Rangers organization with a $5.2 million signing bonus.

Rocker’s story was initially a sad one, with a player with a ton of potential having his baseball career called into question due to unfortunate injury concerns.

Now, the work he’s put in this past year has paid off in the eyes of the Texas Rangers.

[Patrick Mahomes]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.