Boston Red Sox: Vanderbilt Has a Pair of Aces, Will Chaim Bloom Draft One of Them?

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Over the next couple of months, Red Sox fans will hear a lot about Vanderbilt's stud aces Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter.  The duo was dominant this past Monday against Wright State in their doubleheader.  Rocker led the way for Vanderbilt in a 14-1 victory in Game 1.  He struck out eight over four innings.  Leiter followed that up by striking out eight batters too while looking just as dominant. 

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The Vandy Boys are arguably the best one-two punch in college baseball and will both be selected in the top half of the draft.  It is wildly expected that Rocker will go No.1 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Leiter is ranked as the No. 6 best prospect heading into the draft. 

Rocker has been a highly touted prospect and Red Sox fans on Twitter last season were hoping they were "tanking for Kumar".  Whether they were or not can be debated, their abysmal pitching helped elevate the Red Sox in a position to potentially draft a franchise altering player. 

The Vanderbilt ace truly came onto fans radar back in 2019 when he threw a no-hitter and struck out 19 batters against Duke in the 2019 Super Regionals.  The alpha-stud has been tormenting college baseball and fans in Boston would absolutely be fired up for him every fifth day on the mound. 

It's unlikely that Rocker will fall to No. 4.  If he does, the Red Sox would have struck gold with that selection.  If the Red Sox were to draft a Vanderbilt pitcher, it looks more like Leiter would be the selection.
Leiter who features a four pitch mix that includes a fastball, change up, curveball and slider has been highly touted by league evaluators.  Despite all the fanfare surrounding Rocker, Leiter might actually be the higher ceiling pitcher.  As he continues to develop and transition to the minor leagues he will need to work on his command.  Evaluators have said that he doesn't always mix his pitches well, but if he continues to focus on his velocity the rest can be developed. 

When the MLB Draft happens this summer, it is important to look at how Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has drafted in the past.  Last year, in an interview with WEEI's Rob Bradford, Bloom went over his approach to the draft. 

"Every player is different, and so is every draft.  So even though there are definitely going to be characteristics and tools that we value highly, it’s important not to be too rigid or dogmatic in what we’re looking for.  At the end of the day our jobs are to maximize the talent that we bring into the organization, and we’re trying to sift through an enormous amount of information both subjective and objective to do that," stated Bloom. 

The best available player is coming to Boston when the Red Sox pick fourth.  Who that will be, that will be debated and talked about for the next couple of months. 


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