Yesterday Monday we talked about Jack Thomas Leiter, the NCAA right-hander who throws fastballs between 95 and 100 mph (98 sustained), which he mixes with a lethal curve of 74 miles per hour. Well, it turns out that there is a better one and he is also a Vanderbilt student. His name is Kumar Rocker, 21 years old and he also serves as a starting right-hander.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama on November 22, 1999, he is in American college baseball with the Vanderbilt Commodores. His imposing physique measures 1.96 meters and weighs 113 kilos. Overall, today he is considered the number one prospect and therefore looks to be the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.
In his repertoire he includes a fastball between 95 and 99 mph (97 sustained), a slider of 85-88 mph compared to Max Scherzer, a change similar to that of Stephen Strasburg.
By the way, Rocker at 18 years old had already been drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of 2018, however, that fell due to signing problems. As a result, he enrolled at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2018, where he is now just over two years.
At number 80, he is the stellar pitcher doing a scary 1-2 with his teammate Leiter. Playing in the Southeastern Conference since 2019, Rocker made his debut that year 12-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 19 games (16 starts). He struck out 114 in just 99.2 innings.
The following year (2020), he compiled PCLA figures of 2-1 and 1.80 in three outings (starts) until the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He managed to prescribe 28 potions in 15 chapters.
During the summer of 2017, he played in the Under Armor All-America Baseball Game and the Perfect Game All-American Classic. Later in the summer, he played for the USA U18 National Baseball Team.
On June 8, 2019, Rocker became the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the Super Regional round during the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. He recorded 19 strikeouts when Vanderbilt beat Duke 3-0.
Rocker was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 College World Series after Vanderbilt captured the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on June 26. Rocker won both of his College World Series starts and finished his freshman season with a 12-5 record. He was also named Baseball America 2019 Freshman of the Year.
His father, Tracy Rocker, played in the NFL), is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and is the defensive line coach in South Carolina. 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 played for the Washington Redskins.
Speaking of kinship, Kumar Rocker (for those wondering) has nothing to do with that electrifying left-handed former closer, John Rocker, who pitched from 1998 to 2003 in the majors and had three years of at least 23 saves.
Will the forecast come true and will it be the first draft for MLB this year? Will it reach the Major Leagues?