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Vandy’s Kumar Rocker has no more use for college hitters

Kumar Rocker struck out 11 for Vanderbilt.

Kumar Rocker struck out 11 for Vanderbilt.
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It’s so unfair, man.

Vanderbilt University might need the 2 greatest pitching prospects in subsequent month’s Major League Baseball Draft, and one among them sat down 11 in right this moment’s Super Regional.

Kumar Rocker, all 6-foot-5 and 245 kilos of him, is a part of an all-time 1-2 college pitching rotation punch accomplished by Jack Leiter, the son of Al, who’s equally thought to be an elite prospect. Today, the primary of the College Baseball Super Regional on the #RoadToOmaha, No. 4 Vanderbilt shut out No. 13 East Carolina 2-0, who they play once more tomorrow in Game 2 of the sequence. (The College World Series begins on June 19.)

The upcoming 2021 MLB Draft begins on July 11. Rocker, the projected sixth total decide and third pitcher off the board in mlb.com’s newest mock draft, mowed down ECU by permitting simply three hits whereas recording 11 strikeouts through 7 ⅔ innings. As a consequence, he now has 64 strikeouts in 42 ⅔ postseason innings pitched.

And then, there’s truly seeing it.

He’s had one among college baseball’s nastiest sliders for a number of years, and ECU’s Bryson Worrell skilled it the exhausting manner right this moment.

As the sport went, so did others.

Rocker’s been reintroducing himself in a big manner this yr following the 2020 season’s cancellation simply after getting underway as a result of COVID-19. As a freshman in 2019, he received seemingly each main Freshman of the Year Award, went 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA within the 2019 College World Series, the place he received Most Outstanding Player for the champion Commodores, and even tossed Vandy’s first no-hitter since 1971, placing out 19. This season, Rocker carried a 12-3 file by 16 begins, 144 Ok’s by 98 and ⅓ innings and a 2.65 ERA previous to right this moment.

Dude’s stuff is straight-up filthy. Fortunately for East Carolina, they obtained that over with. Unhappily for them, although, is that Leiter hasn’t pitched within the sequence but.

Also … Jerry Stackhouse sang the National Anthem, for what that’s value.

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