Tri-City ValleyCats sign pitcher Rocker

Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker throws against East Carolina during the first inning of an NCAA college baseball super regional game June 11 in Nashville, Tenn. Right-hander Kumar Rocker agreed earlier this month to a contract with the independent Tri-City ValleyCats after failing to sign with the New York Mets last summer.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker throws against East Carolina during the first inning of an NCAA college baseball super regional game June 11 in Nashville, Tenn. Right-hander Kumar Rocker agreed earlier this month to a contract with the independent Tri-City ValleyCats after failing to sign with the New York Mets last summer.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Tri-City ValleyCats announced Friday that they agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker.

The 22-year-old Rocker, who went 28-10 with a 2.89 ERA in 42 appearances [39 starts] over three seasons at Vanderbilt University, is scheduled to join the team later this month and be with them until the Major League Baseball draft, on July 17.

Rocker threw a 19-strikeout no-hitter in the 2019 NCAA Super Regional against Duke. He was selected by the New York Mets with the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft, but was the only player among the first 29 picks not to sign. As a result, the Mets lost the $4,739,900 slot available for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s pick.

On Friday in Florence, Kentucky, the ValleyCats scored first, but couldn’t quiet Florence’s bats in a 7-1 loss. The Y’Alls scored three in the third inning. Harrison DiNicola went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple for Florence.

Juan Santana led Tri-City by going 2 for 3 with a double. Brantley Bell had a double, and Brad Zunica drove in the lone run.

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