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Rangers prospect Kumar Rocker brings heat in first rehab start

(Hickory Crawdads)

 

ARLINGTON — The temperature at first pitch Friday night in Glendale, Ariz., was 115.

Kumar Rocker then went out and nearly posted triple digits of his own in his first start since Tommy John surgery.

The Rangers’ first-round draft choice in 2022 reached 99 mph with his fastball, general manager Chris Young said, and dominated for the Arizona Complex League Rangers after allowing a leadoff homer on his second pitch.

“The reports were really good,” Young said. “The velo was up to 99, and he sat 98. It’s very exciting. A big step for him.”

Rocker allowed one other hit and stuck out three in two innings. He needed only 15 pitches to record six outs as his breaking balls were also on point.

Young said that the Rangers will weigh how far they want to stretch out Rocker before sending him to a full-season affiliate. The first objective is to have him throw three innings multiple times before the ACL season ends late this month.

“I think he’s capable of building up to five innings,” Young said. “But we have to decide what the best thing is for Kumar.”

The first-place ACL Rangers cruised to a 14-1 victory, and right-hander Caden Scarborough was credited with the win in his professional debut. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick last year, Scarborough got seven swings-and-misses on his fastball, which sat 93-95 mph over 1 2/3 innings.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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