Well, that didn’t take long.
TOMORROW | Making his Vanderbilt starting debut - the freshman - @_KumarRocker.— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) February 17, 2019
Noon CT | #VandyBoys vs. TCU pic.twitter.com/kHPAqlWT6X
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:
Seeing @VandyBoys @_KumarRocker give @KristinCav a rose in the Nashville airport while Jay Cutler looks bored and disinterested is the Vandy-centric crossover of my dreams. @CespedesBBQ @edsbs pic.twitter.com/uGjmidIdD1— Dan (@VandyDanR) February 14, 2019
So tomorrow’s game has just gone up to 11.