With the 2021 MLB Draft coming in July, baseball fans everywhere will want to keep an eye on both Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter.
If you’re a fan of the Vanderbilt baseball team, you know just how lucky the team is to have two of the best prospects in the game in the starting rotation right now. Seriously, being able to send out both Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter out onto the bump is a blessing for skipper Tim Corbin.
Rocker is ranked the No. 1 prospect by MLB.com, while Leiter is No. 6 on the list. With the MLB Draft coming in July, both are looking like locks to be early picks. With that said, which hurler is the better target for teams to look at?
Both Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter are locks to be first-round picks in the 2021 MLB Draft
Both pitchers have what it takes to be tremendous pitchers at the next level. They reminded baseball fans of that earlier this week. In Vanderbilt’s season-opening double-header win over Wright State, Rocker pitched four scoreless innings and struck out eight batters.
Leiter was equally as impressive, tossing five innings and striking out eight. Leiter also only gave up one hit during his standout performance. With the two powering the rotation for the Commodores, Vanderbilt is expected to be a serious threat to win the College World Series this campaign.
When the MLB Draft does roll around, both players will have their phones being blown up by scouts and clubs. Leiter, the son of former MLB All-Star Al Leiter, is known for his impressive velocity, as he’s surpassed 100 MPH in the past. As for Kumar, good luck hitting his fastball or slider, while his cutter is also downright dangerous.
Having to pick either is a bit of a tough task, but Rocker is the more highly-sought after prospect right now. However, both figure to be studs this season and once they hit the majors. Watch out for these two in the future.