2021 MLB Mock Draft: Keith Law has his latest mock draft out, and he has the Texas Rangers selecting Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker with the #2 pick.
This is the first mock draft I’ve seen that has the Rangers taking Rocker at #2, though it wouldn’t be shocking if the Rangers went that direction. As we have discussed, there’s not much separation among the top tier of players, and there’s not a consensus as to the ordering of the players within that top tier.
Law says that the Rangers also are in on Henry Davis, as well as the four players we have talked about as seeming to be the primary guys linked to Texas — Jordan Lawlar, Kahlil Watson, Marcelo Mayer and Jack Leiter. Law has Mayer going to Pittsburgh, which has generally been what we have seen on most most drafts lately, though with the “there’s a lot of uncertainty” caveat.
If Rocker doesn’t go to Texas he could drop as far as 10 or 11, which means that if you like Rocker about as much as the other guys you are picking from, you may be able to get the best discount from him on the signing bonus, allowing you more money to spend on other picks. And while the argument for Leiter is that he is someone who can help quickly, the same can be said of Rocker.
In any case, the draft is two days away, and so in less than 60 hours we will know who the newest Texas Ranger first rounder is.