#80 Kumar Rocker


Height 6'4"
Weight 255 LBS
Position RHP
Class Sophomore
Hometown Athens, Ga.
High School North Oconee

Student-Athlete Features
Omaha World-Herald – Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker exemplifies trend: More players choosing college over early pro career (June 2019)
The Tennessean – Vanderbilt baseball: Kumar Rocker’s mom didn’t know what a no-hitter was while he was pitching one (June 2019)
Associated Press – Vandy pitcher says picking baseball over football was easy (May 2019)

Coach Corbin Quote: “Kumar is a physical, competitive young man with a power arm and the ability to command the baseball. He has a mature disposition and a professional deliberate approach for preparation. He took full advantage of his opportunities this fall and gained the respect of the hitters. He connects well with his teammates and will be an important part of the pitching staff. His future is very bright.”

As a Freshman (2019)

  • D1Baseball.com and Baseball America Freshman of the Year
  • College World Series Most Outstanding Player after going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA
  • SEC All-Freshman Team, NCAA Nashville Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Finished third nationally with 12 victories, going 12-5 with a 3.25 ERA
  • Set a Vanderbilt College World Series record with 11 strikeouts vs. Michigan
  • Struck out 19 batters and tossed Vandy’s first no-hitter since 1971, coming June 8 vs. Duke
  • Became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the super regionals and eighth in the NCAA Tournament
  • Went 10-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 11 starts, striking out 82 in 70.2 innings
  • Fanned five-plus batters in 14 of his last 15 starts and six-plus in 11 of his last 14 starts
  • In four NCAA Tournament starts, went 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA alongside a 44-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio
  • Held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 18 of his last 19 appearances
  • Did not permit more than two walks in 18 of his 19 appearances
  • Fanned double-digit batters three times while finishing with 114 on the season

The Rocker File:

  • Prepped at North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia
  • Also lettered two years in football
  • Native of Montgomery, Alabama
  • No. 2-rated high school right-handed pitcher in the 2018 MLB Draft by MLB.com
  • Perfect Game’s Third-ranked right-handed pitcher and eight-best overall player nationwide in the 2018 class
  • 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-American
  • 2017-18 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year
  • 2018 Under Armor All-American
  • Captain of his team as a junior and senior
  • Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2018 MLB Draft
  • Undecided on a major
  • Recipient of the John C. Rich Baseball Memorial Scholarship
  • Son of Tracy and Lalitha
  • Father Tracy played college football at Auburn and was the first SEC player to win both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy before going on to play four years with the Washington Redskins