Rockett agrees to terms with Kansas City Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Daniel Rockett agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals, the organization announced in a press release on Tuesday.
The Sugar Land native will report to the Royals' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., to complete his physical and then will be assigned to a minor league affiliate in the near future.
"All of my hard work has paid off," Rockett said. "This is just another thing I can tack on from the last three weeks — (UTSA) ending the season strong, winning the WAC Tournament Championship and advancing to a NCAA Regional. Becoming a member of the Royals' organization is icing on the cake."
Rockett, who is second-highest Roadrunner to ever be drafted, was the 25th player selected in the program's 22-year history after Kansas City tabbed him the eighth pick of the ninth round (264th overall) during last week's Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) second-team honoree hit .328 with 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 48 RBIs this past spring. He also led the team with a .562 slugging percentage and stole six bases in eight attempts.
Rockett twice was named WAC Hitter of the Week (Feb. 18 & March 4) and he posted 25 multiple-hit and 13 multiple-RBI games during his senior campaign. He also tied a program record with five hits in UTSA's season-opening victory against Air Force on Feb. 15.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outfielder finished his career as one of the top offensive producers in school history.
Rockett ranks among the Roadrunners' all-time top 10 in five offensive categories: at-bats (761/4th), runs (149/t-7th), hits (218/t-8th), home runs (25/t-9th) and RBIs (135/7th).
His older brother, Michael, was a 2008 All-American and four-year standout for UTSA from 2006-09. He was a 13th-round selection by the Detroit Tigers following his senior campaign. The brothers are the nephews of Pat Rockett, who was the 10th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 1973 MLB Draft.
"This is a great opportunity for him," UTSA head coach Jason Marshall said. "I think Kansas City is a great organization for Daniel. They have been building their minor league system recently and I know they always are looking for value in the guys they sign from the draft. This should be an organization that Daniel can advance in."