Odm Rocker V2 10 Exe ##HOT## 💾

Odm Rocker V2 10 Exe ##HOT## 💾



Odm Rocker V2 10 Exe

Rocker hates the world, and he wants more. He is a progressive
thinker: long-time health-conscious, where other guys would
get tattoos, Rocker is competing in marathons; a peace activist,
where most of his friends are Bushies; a vegan where he used to eat
fried food; a power hitter. The guy has fast pitch, he says. In the
land of big, old, slow-twitch hitters, the pitching world has
never been so loaded with young, big, slow-twitch talent. Big
power arms. Big innings. Rocker is already here, and his future is
ours, too.

Budner’s influence can best be felt on the mound in the practices
that Rocker can’t participate in for the ValleyCats. A coaching
veteran of the Mets and Yankees’ systems, he is very well aware
of the pitching philosophy that Bud Selig and Rob Manfred want
clubs to pursue, a philosophy that — most recently — is trying
to drive pitchers toward the fast-pitch/low-velocity/longer-term
route, taking an all-too-short-sighted approach to pitching
development, and one that seems destined to make the league’s
injuries worse in the long run.

Rocker takes the long view, leaving clubs to soak in the lessons
they can learn from his raw power. In light of the skyrocketing
FA market for relief pitchers, mid-round picks like Rocker —
unproven in the best situation to prove his stuff — become a
more valuable commodity. In the off-season, the physical therapy
he is doing can’t hurt.

His people say he has been working out like this for years,
so he goes through the motions, grunting with each swing. What
the trainers say he needs, though, and the cutters say he needs,
is simply the product of this world’s instant gratification, the
wish that if you see the video of the curveball you can snap your
fingers and make it happen. That’s not where the magic happens,
though, a reminder that Budner is about the business of learning,
as well as executing. The dream big enough to laugh, smile
when told it’s an impossible dream. It’s about right now, Rocker

The Mets are known to be one of the most patient teams in thegame, waiting for their prospects to mature—not unlike the Dodgers. That they never offered Rocker a contract but traded a $2,200baseball and two corn dogs for a pick that was worth $250,000would have been a surprise to nobody if he had signed. Rocker, whohas three seasons left of amateur eligibility, had been projected asa first- or second-round pick in the 2008 draft. The Mets hadbeen hoping he’d come out after his junior year and be drafted asa closer. But that never occurred, and in March 2009 his average of7.6 pitches per inning was among the lowest in the collegeweight classes. And he’d been a starter at Vanderbilt,an underclassman, when he went to Winter League, a short-seasonleague.
The new regime didn’t believe in him, and now the ValleyCats do. I’mworried the pressure is going to be on at the higher levels, andI’m just hoping I can be myself,» says Rocker, who is takingcounseling that is reminiscent of the student-athlete’s two-year postgraduate studies that are required by NCAA rules. «I’mnot throwing any pitches over 95 or 96, just to be safe. Ithink I’m healthy, but you can’t put it to the test yet. I’mgoing to work on extending my arm, and I’m going to work oncutting my fastball down a little bit.»
When he worked out at the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie in February, the Mets held a team workout, and Rocker was on a pitching mound.Then someone on the Mets’ staff asked, Hey, is that Randy Wells? Helooked just like he did, and he should look like that,» saysBudner, who had grown up with Wells, the two guys now laughing.»Wells was a goofball, and he threw us curveballs in drills,» hesays, «and I’m glad he’s healthy.»


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