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Freshman Kumar Rocker to make Vanderbilt debut on Sunday vs. TCU

It didn’t take Rocker long to get his first start in college.

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Kumar Rocker, one of the top pitching prospects in the Class of 2018, will make his debut for Vanderbilt on Sunday, getting the nod to start against TCU. Earlier in the week, Tim Corbin had played things close to the vest, listing the Sunday starter as TBA. Speculation centered around Mason Hickman, who made 13 starts last season and posted a 5.21 ERA, but evidently talent won out in the end.

Rocker was thought to be a first-round talent entering the 2018 MLB Draft, but perceived signability concerns — which turned out to be, well, accurate — led to him falling to the 38th round of the draft.

Rocker also did this at the airport on Thursday:

So tomorrow’s game has just gone up to 11.