I am excited to follow a fellow Mississippi State bulldog Brent Rooker - as he starts his career with the Twins organization today with Elizabethton.
Below is some info on Brent:
Brent Rooker is listed at 6-4, 215, a right-handed hitter and thrower, born November 1, 1994. The Germantown, Tennessee product was selected in the first round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the 35th overall player taken. He has played IB and Corner OF in college.
After being picked in the 38th round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 draft he hose to return to MSU for his junior season. That decision paid off as he was named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and became MSU's first-ever Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
"I couldn't be more excited for, first, the season we had, and then to get started with the Minnesota Twins organization," Rooker said. "My goal was never to just get drafted. My goal has always been to make it to the big leagues. For me, this is the first step in a long process to reach my ultimate goal."
Rooker finished his season with a .387 batting average and a school record 30 doubles. His 96 hits was eighth in program history for hits in a single season, while his 23 home runs was fifth in the MSU record books.
Attaching a link to his MSU stats
Below is a brief scouting report on him
Performance-wise, there’s nothing not to like here: his numbers are outstanding and the SEC is the premier circuit in college baseball. Lest you think the gaudy numbers are a result of the metal bat, Rooker has also hit very well with wooden bats in college summer ball, hitting .360/.413/.604 in the 2015 New England Collegiate League and .305/.335/.426 in the 2016 Cape Cod League. Wherever he goes, he hits.
Tools-wise, Rooker is a fine all-around athlete. His raw power is rated as above average, 55 or 60 depending on the source, but he gets to it easily. He’s mobile for his size, with average running speed but possessing the instincts to use it well on the bases. His arm is likewise average, but he proved capable of handling right field as a sophomore. While he’s playing first base this year, a pro team could move him back to an outfield corner without hurting themselves. Intangibles-wise, he’s shown the necessary work ethic to succeed, refining his swing and sharpening his strike zone judgment over the last year.
Despite his track record with wooden bats, Rooker will need to show that his plate discipline and swing mechanics will hold up against the most advanced pitching, something that has been doubted in the past. The redshirt freshman year also means he’s a year older that the typical college junior, already 22. These factors aren’t enough to keep him from being a hot commodity, but they may keep him out of the early parts of the first round.
On balance Rooker looks like a late first round or supplemental round pick, although a team looking to save a bit of bonus money for later picks may be tempted to cut a deal and pick him as early as the middle of the first round.
Edited by wavedog, 22 June 2017 - 04:52 PM.