OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt freshman pitcher Kumar Rocker was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 College World Series following the Commodores’ national title win over Michigan.
Rocker was 2-0 in the CWS, racking up 12.1 innings, 17 strikeouts and just two earned runs. He won Game 2 of the finals against Michigan, going 6.1 innings and striking out 11 — tying the second-most punchouts by any pitcher in a CWS finals game.
Four of the eight participating teams in the 2019 College World Series were represented on the all-tournament team. National runner-up Michigan led the squad with five representatives, one more than champion Vanderbilt (four).
Texas Tech and Louisville, the other two semifinal teams, each had one player on the 11-player list.
Here is the full 2019 College World Series all-tournament team, as voted on by media members:
|Catcher||Philip Clarke, Vanderbilt|
|First base||Jimmy Kerr, Michigan|
|Second base||Ako Thomas, Michigan|
|Third base||Austin Martin, Vanderbilt|
|Shorstop||Jack Blomgren, Michigan|
|Outfield||JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt|
|Outfield||Drew Campbell, Louisville|
|Outfield||Jesse Franklin, Michigan|
|Designated Hitter||Cameron Warren, Texas Tech|
|Pitcher||Tommy Henry, Michigan|
|Pitcher||Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt|
Jimmy Kerr, the honoree at first base, led all players in the 2019 CWS with eight RBIs. He became the first Michigan player to hit three homers in a College World Series.