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Elite Prospect Falls to Red Sox in Latest Baseball America Mock Draft

Devon Platana
Baseball America has the Boston Red Sox drafting Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker at No. 4 in the upcoming MLB draft.
Baseball America has the Boston Red Sox drafting Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker at No. 4 in the upcoming MLB draft. / Peter Aiken/Getty Images
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The 2021 MLB season is quickly moving along, which means it'll be no time before we hit July and arrive at the draft. This year's draft will align with MLB All-Star Weekend, rather than its normal June date.

With that being said, MLB experts have already started releasing their mock drafts, including Baseball America's Carlos Collazo. Boston Red Sox fans, in particular, may love Collazo's latest mock draft as he projects their team to draft an elite prospect in the form of Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker at No. 4.

Rocker has been a big part of Vanderbilt's starting rotation over the last seasons. Like many elite prospects, he's been getting better with age. Rocker posted a 9-1 record in 2020, recording a 1.55 earned run average while striking out 89 batters. Adding on to his impressive resume, he helped Vanderbilt win the 2019 College World Series in the previous season while walking away with the Most Outstanding Player honors.

The Red Sox pitching staff has already been impressive this season. Their 3.66 team ERA ranks 9th in the league and they're also averaging 9.56 strikeouts per game (11th). If Rocker does get drafted to Boston and he's able to replicate his college success at the MLB level, the Red Sox and their fans should be extremely excited about the future.

As it stands, the Red Sox are currently 16-9 this season and lead the AL East. FanDuel Sportsbook has given them +2000 odds to win this year's World Series. You have to think that with Rocker in their rotation, the Red Sox could be contenders for years to come.


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