The Tennessee Volunteers are one of the most exciting teams in college baseball once again this season. The Vols exceeded expectations last year, making it to the College World Series in Omaha. This year, Tony Vitello and his energetic squad are determined to get back there. Tennessee lost a handful of their top talent to the MLB Draft, but there is plenty more remaining on the roster. Chase Dollander pitched in the second game of their opening weekend series. The young man opened some eyes across social media.

Dollander gets compared to Jacob DeGrom

Now, Rob and the rest of Twitter do not believe that Dollander is legitimately a clone of one of the best MLB pitchers of this generation. No one holds to that claim on the planet currently, probably. That being said, the similarities in mechanics are really intriguing. Dollander has a very compact wind-up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a big fan of DeGrom.

He is an important piece in the rotation for the Vols. Dollander, Friday starter Chase Burns, and Blade Tidwell will most likely be the starting trio in many of the series during this season. In the SEC, all three will have to have their best stuff on many weekends. Burns and Dollander have both been impressive so far in their first appearance.

Burns went five innings, allowing only two hits and striking out five. He did not allow a run. Dollander allowed three runs in five innings on Saturday, but he allowed only four hits. He struck out eleven. His fastball was almost un-hittable as it touched up to 98 MPH.

It will be interesting to see how Dollander’s stuff plays against tougher competition, especially in the SEC. Regardless, the start of his 2022 campaign could not have gone much better. He will be key to another deep postseason run for the Vols this year.

Featured Image via Chase Dollander’s Twitter