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Texas Rangers’ selection of Kumar Rocker a shocker with third overall pick in 2022 MLB Draft

(AP photo/Mark Humphrey)


ARLINGTON — The mock draft business ain’t easy.

The Texas Rangers made sure of that Sunday.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Monty W July 17, 2022

    “You did it. You crazy SOB, you did it.” Jeff Goldbum in Jurassic Park

    1. Jeff Wilson July 22, 2022

      Good man, Monty.

  2. A Stephens July 17, 2022

    It will be seen as crazy in some circles I’m sure, but I don’t hate it.
    Keep in mind, pre 21 draft, there were Bob Gibson comps out there.
    Now there is only one Bob Gibson, but to be mentioned in the same breath is beyond high praise.

  3. John Moore July 17, 2022

    Go read what I wrote about the potential picks. I said I would take Brooks Lee if I were in charge.
    I asked Jeff the same question and he said Kumar Rocker.
    WOW!!!! Just WOW!! I would have never taken him.

    1. A Stephens July 18, 2022

      I did read your article and I also would have taken Lee, but I’ll admit I like the ballsy approach here.

      1. Jeff Wilson July 22, 2022

        I didn’t think they had the stones to do it. It’ll be interesting to what how everything unfolds with Rocker the rest of this season. Sounds like he wants to pitch.

  4. Charles Neeley July 18, 2022

    The Rangers track record for signing players with questionable injury status is not good. However, Leiter may have had some inside info to share. At any rate, likely worth the risk.

    1. Jeff Wilson July 22, 2022

      It helps that they were able to get the Porter kid in the fourth round. It could be a great draft. We’ll know in 3-5 years.


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