Kumar Rocker

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Kumar Rocker
Vanderbilt Commodores – No. 80
Pitcher
Born: (1999-11-22) November 22, 1999 (age 19)
Montgomery, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Career highlights and awards

Kumar Rocker (born November 22, 1999) is an American college baseball pitcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Career[edit]

Rocker attended North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia. As a junior in 2017, he had a 1.63 earned run average (ERA) with 68 strikeouts in ​55 23 innings.[1] During the Summer 2017, he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and Perfect Game All-American Classic.[2] Later in the summer, he played for the USA Baseball 18U National Team.[3]

Rocker committed to Vanderbilt University to play college baseball.[4][5] He was considered one of the top prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft,[6][7] but was not selected until the 38th round by the Colorado Rockies,[8] falling due to signability concerns. As a result, he enrolled at Vanderbilt in the Fall of 2018.

On June 8, 2019, Rocker became the first pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in the Super Regional round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. He had 19 strikeouts as Vanderbilt beat Duke 3–0.[9]

Personal[edit]

His father, Tracy Rocker, played in the National Football League (NFL).[10] His maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from India. His parents met when his mother was a student at the University of Maryland and his father was playing for the Washington Redskins.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perfect Game participants get taste of majors
  2. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (January 15, 2018). "Big prospect soaks up wisdom at Dream Series". Mlb.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rocker's summer full of travel, World Cup". Oconeeenterprise.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Matthew Caldwell (November 8, 2017). "North Oconee's Kumar Rocker signs with Vanderbilt to play baseball". Onlineathens.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "ALL-USA Watch: Top baseball prospect Kumar Rocker still weighing decision to go pro or go to Vanderbilt". Usatodayhss.com. May 1, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "AOTW: Rocker pitching and hitting to help guide Titans to playoffs". Oconeeenterprise.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "MLB Draft Tracker". MLB.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Vanderbilt freshman Kumar Rocker pitches first no-hitter in NCAA Super Regional history". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Rocker officially signs with Vanderbilt". Oconeeenterprise.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Sparks, Adam (June 8, 2019). "Vanderbilt baseball: Why Kumar Rocker listened to mom, chose Commodores over big MLB payday". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 9, 2019.

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