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Brent Rooker - 2017

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#21 goulik

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 05:10 PM

"I was just trying to stay on fastballs," Rooker said. "I feel like that's how my approach was throughout college. Teams were giving me fastballs and I don't want to miss them. I want to make the team prove to me that they can throw off-speed pitches for strikes before I start to respect that pitch and stay on fastballs as much as I can and try to put my best swings on them."

I think he just told opposing pitchers how to beat him...

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 06:31 PM

"I was just trying to stay on fastballs," Rooker said. "I feel like that's how my approach was throughout college. Teams were giving me fastballs and I don't want to miss them. I want to make the team prove to me that they can throw off-speed pitches for strikes before I start to respect that pitch and stay on fastballs as much as I can and try to put my best swings on them."

I think he just told opposing pitchers how to beat him...


Yikes. Yeah that's not encouraging. I sure hope he can hit offspeed pitches and that last year wasn't just an aberration. Just sitting on fastballs is not going to work much longer.

He's out of the lineup today. Is he getting called up or is he already on the pine? He's already DHd in rookie league. He should never be on the bench.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:02 PM

In case anyone is wondering why Rooker has been out of the lineup  yesterday and today - he is attending the Golden Spikes Award Ceremony in Los Angeles.  Looks like he will miss the next couple of games.  

 

http://web.usabaseba...0&vkey=news_gsa

 

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 08:10 PM

DH again...... 0-5 with 3 strikeouts so far. Looks like Rooker was able to get his pay day being the 1 trick pony (sitting on fastball) this year. A bit concerning that he's struggling with rookie ball

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 01:05 PM

YTD update for Rooker through Sunday. So far he has played in 8 games - playing LF in 5 and DHing the other 3. In 34 AB he has 8 hits, 1 BB and 10K's - so striking out approximately 30% of the time which is slightly concerning K/BB ratio - most if not all the K's have been of the swinging variety so he is an aggressive swinger.  Of the 8 hits, 4 are for extra bases - 3 HR and 1 Double .  

 

Attaching a link to his stats for those interested in more detail:

 

http://www.milb.com/...itting/2017/ALL

 

He did have the gap when we went out to LA for the Golden Spikes award and has been a little sluggish since coming back from that so hopefully he will settle in and have a better week.   


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 01:20 PM

I have given this a lot of thought, and decided I am not ready to declare him a bust yet.
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Posted 03 July 2017 - 08:12 PM

0-5 with 2 more strikeouts. Left 7 people on base. Now hitting .205 in rookie ball. Yeah this one isn't going to pan out

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 09:01 PM

Still way too early to say anything on him yet.  A little weary of a guy that tore up the college ranks and yet the industry was not terribly high on him.  Usually that means there's some issues there. There are reasons he wasn't a top 10 pick.  Let's see what he does next year in his first full season, if he's struggling in Cedar Rapids or Fort Myers then we can worry.  


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:21 AM

Brent Rooker weekly update for Jul 3-9th:

 

Rooker had a nice week - hopefully a sign he is settling in. In 30 plate appearances, he had 9 hits including 2 HR and 2 doubles so continuing to show good power. Strike zone management was also improved as he walked 4 times and had 5 K's. Batted .360 for the week with a .433 OBP and he also had a Stolen base. Brent played LF in 6 of the games and DH'd once.  

 

Attaching a link with his full season stats

 

http://www.milb.com/...ing/2017/MINORS

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 02:57 PM

Promoted to Fort Myers today! 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

Moving on up!  

 

https://www.facebook...?type=3

 

Rooker finishes at E-Town with 99 plates appearances .282/.364/.588. 7 HR's and 5 Doubles

 

https://www.baseball...id=rooker000bre

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 01:56 PM

Rooker has completed 20 games at Ft. Myers and admittedly he is off to a slow start at Single A.  Currently batting .200  with 3 HR's 2 Doubles  and 9/23 BB/K's. He had an interesting last week batting .261 with 2 HR's including a Grand Slam  - but he had only 1BB to go along with 10K's.  So he struck out over 40% of his AB.  Most of his K's have been swinging K's but this past week 4 of the 10 strikeouts were looking - so it appears he is trying a different approach. They are rotating him between playing LF, 1B and at DH.

 

Now for something completely different - if you are interested in him being interviewed while he was at Mississippi State in 2016 and learning his thoughts on Alien's and UFO's this is the video for you. His interview portion begins at about the 11:30 mark of the video.   

 

http://www.hailstate...x?path=baseball

 

 

 

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:05 PM

A+ pitching might be the best pitching he has seen.Some claim average age to league is important. He is a little younger than league average. It is a head start for next year.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:26 PM

Rooker just got his 6 home run and 21st RBI in his 25th game in high A ball. Combine that with his rookie ball experience and he has 13 homeruns and 38 RBI in 47 games. I have to admit where I'm wrong. He is having much more success in high A ball than I was expecting
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:01 AM

A quick update on Mr Rooker's 4th week in Ft Myers.  He was named Florida State player of the week - congrats!  Anyway great week for Brent - he batted .364 with 3 HR's and 13 RBI's. He also cut his K's in half from the prior 2 weeks.  Still would be nice to see a few more walks*. Brent has played 4 weeks in Ft Myers and here are his HR's by week: 0 ,1, 2, 3  . Nice trend, I guess we should look for 4 HR's this week?

 

*I just noticed Brent walked 3 times in Monday's game so looks like he took my request for more walks to heart.  

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:29 AM

Rooker also made MLB Pipeline's prospect team of the week.  http://m.mlb.com/new...picid=151437456


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

Link to the Ft Myers Facebook page announcing his player of the week honor:

 

https://www.facebook...?type=3

 

 

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:14 PM

10 home runs in 128 at bats in the Florida state league is incredibly impressive. Isn't it known to be a pitchers league? Just trying to look at some of our power hitters in the past:

Justin morneu hit 4 homers in about 190 at bats though only 20 years old

Miguel sano hit 16 in 206 at bats so about the same clip. He was also 20.

Brian Dozier hit 7 home runs in 500 at bats at age 23-24.

Max Kepler hit 5 homers in 400 at bats age 21-22

Lamonte wade hit 4 homers in 110 at bats last year at age 22

Rooker is 22. Unfortunately don't have a ton of college guys to compare him against but I think it looks promising
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