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Good Sports: Pitching in The Pros

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2021
Good Sports: Pitching in The Pros

Two Indian-American pitchers were selected in the recent Major League Baseball draft. The New York Mets chose Vanderbilt University’s Kumar Rocker with the 10th pick, while the San Francisco Giants chose Yale University’s Rohan Handa with pick No. 146.

Rocker, a right-handed pitcher who was rated as the sixth-best prospect by MLB.com, is the son of former NFL player Tracy Rocker and his Indian-American wife, Lalitha. Despite selecting him with their top pick, the
Mets decided not to sign Rocker, following a physical that raised concerns about his arm health. He will once again enter the MLB draft in 2022.

Handa, a left-handed pitcher who is beginning his senior year at Yale, signed with the Giants and will likely begin his pro career pitching for one of their minor league teams. “It was unbelievable, especially to be drafted by such a class organization like the Giants,” Handa told MLB.com. “I couldn’t be happier.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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