Becker is one of three players on the Canes National 2018 roster with a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt. While he acknowledges that Tim Corbin’s coaching staff at Vandy is the primary reason for his interest, Becker also appreciates the quality of the education he’d receive there.

But his enrollment at Vanderbilt or his entry into pro baseball will be on the back burner while he finishes his high school career at Big Walnut High. Becker knows that he’s still got room for improvement.

“When runners get on in the later innings, I need to work on throwing strikes and getting down the mound,” Becker said. “Trying to stay within myself and focus on throwing strikes.”

Conner summarized Becker’s needed improvement more succinctly.

“Keep pitching against good competition,” Conner said. “That’s the key for him.”