Twins Spotlight Replay: Episode 8 (Brent Rooker)
Image courtesy of Jeff Curry, USA TodayThe Twins drafted Brent Rooker in 2016, and they liked him so much, they drafted him again in 2017. The Twins drafted Rooker in the 38th round in 2016 from Mississippi State. He bet on himself and went back to school for his redshirt junior season and responded by winning the SEC's Triple Crown. In 2017, the Twins used the 35th overall pick in 2017.
Since then, Rooker has been a top Twins prospect, one of the most powerful bats in the organization. After signing, he hit 18 home runs between Elizabethton and Ft. Myers in just 65 games. In 2018, he played at AA Chattanooga and hit 22 homers in 130 games. In 2019, he hit 14 home runs in just 65 games before an injury ended his season. That's 54 home runs in essentially two seasons.
Rooker was invited to his second consecutive big-league spring training in 2020 and was playing well when the season was put on hold, When Summer Camp began, he was on the 60-play pool. He spent August in St. Paul at the Twins alternate site, and on September 4th, he got The Call, and that day he was in the team's lineup.
Later that week, Rooker went with the team to St. Louis to play the Cardinals, his favorite team growing up. It was there that he hit first first big-league home run. Unfortunately, his season came to an abrupt end by an up-and-in fastball off the wrist/forearm. However, in his seven game debut, he hit .316/.381/.579 (.960) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.
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More on Brent Rooker :
- Interview with Twins Second Pick Brent Rooker (June 2017)
- Rooker Promotion: Aggressive, or No? (July 2017)
- Rooker Chasing Russo (Get to know Paul Russo) (August 2017)
- Episode 2: Seth’s Twins Talk (with Brent Rooker, Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff (Jan 2018)
- Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #7 Brent Rooker (February 2018)
- Rooker Getting into the Swing of Spring (March 2018)
- Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #6 Brent Rooker (February 2019)
- Episode 2: Get to Know Pat Dean and Brent Rooker (March 2019)
- Twins Daily 2020 Top Prospects: #9 Brent Rooker(February 2020)
- 5 Questions with Twins Prospect Brent Rooker (March 2020)
- Brent Rooker is ‘Ready to Go’ for a “Big” Year (May 2020)
- Should Brent Rooker Get First Crack at First Base?(July 2020)
- Follow Brent on Twitter at @Brent_Rooker19.
- Follow Brent on Instagram at @Brent_Rooker19. .
Episode 1: Tom Hackimer
Episode 2: Matt Canterino
Episode 3: Aaron Whitefield
Episode 4: Spencer Steer
Episode 5: Travis Blankenhorn
Episode 6: Cody Laweryson
Episode 7: Matt Wallner
Episode 8: Brent Rooker
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