Brent Rooker
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Out
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rooker made a strong impression in his first short stint in the majors which could have him poised for regular playing time. The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief but productive run as a part-time player for the Twins following a Sept. 4 promotion, appearing in seven games and slashing .316/.381/.579 before suffering a season-ending broken right forearm after being struck by a pitch. Rooker advanced to the Triple-A level in 2019 but missed most of the second half of the season with a groin injury as he appeared in just 65 games. Over those 65 games, the 25-year-old hit .281/.398/.535 with 14 home runs. Rooker has prodigious power, but his high strikeout rate (34.7% in 2019) and limited defensive ability may limit his upside. He did strike out a lower 23.9 percent rate in his short MLB sample, however. He'll be in the mix for a reserve or large role in the outfield and first base this spring. Read Past Outlooks
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Resumes hitting
OFMinnesota Twins
Forearm
November 30, 2020
Rooker (forearm) was cleared to resume swinging a bat Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Rooker appears to be making good progress since requiring surgery in late September to address a fractured right forearm. The 26-year-old will likely gradually ramp up the intensity of his workouts throughout the winter with the aim of receiving full clearance ahead of spring training. He'll likely be competing for a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster in 2021 as a right-handed bench bat.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .762 7 1 0 1 0 .333 .429 .333
Since 2018vs Right 1.049 14 3 1 4 0 .308 .357 .692
2020vs Left .762 7 1 0 1 0 .333 .429 .333
2020vs Right 1.049 14 3 1 4 0 .308 .357 .692
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+102%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+102%
OPS on Road
2019
No Stats
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .826 18 3 0 3 0 .313 .389 .438
Since 2018Away 1.667 3 1 1 2 0 .333 .333 1.333
2020Home .826 18 3 0 3 0 .313 .389 .438
2020Away 1.667 3 1 1 2 0 .333 .333 1.333
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Brent Rooker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
23.8%
 
BABIP
.385
 
ISO
.263
 
AVG
.316
 
OBP
.381
 
SLG
.579
 
OPS
.960
 
wOBA
.417
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.7%
 
Barrels/PA
9.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Rooker, the No. 35 overall draft pick in 2017, played in only 65 games at Triple-A and was limited to just two games after mid-July due to a groin injury. Rooker has prodigious power, as evidenced by the 14 home runs in those 65 games with a .254 ISO. While his .933 OPS and 139 wRC+ look impressive, his inability to make consistent contact is a concern. He had a 34.7 K% and just a 58.3% contact rate. He's also seen as a limited defender already confined to first base, left field and designated hitter. He was also old for his level last season, and keep in mind Triple-A used the same juiced ball as MLB last season. Those considerations take away a lot of the shine from his numbers. At 25 years old, his upside in the majors would seem limited. Still, he could be one of the first players called up if there's an opening at first base or DH.
As a supplemental first-round draft pick who put up huge numbers after signing in 2017 and who is now relatively close to the majors, Rooker has plenty of supporters. However, there are some obvious flaws in his profile that should not be overlooked. He posted a 124 wRC+ last year at Double-A, but was 23 years old and still struck out at a 26.4% clip with a middling .333 OBP. Age relative to level is important, especially for a player who probably profiles best as a designated hitter. He is a mediocre defender in left field and at first base, so his bat obviously has to carry him. Rooker has as much raw power (.211 ISO at Double-A) as any player the Twins have on the farm, but he does not project to make enough quality contact to hit for a high enough average to play at the bottom of the defensive spectrum. It is possible he could make improvements in that regard at Triple-A, but if he struggles in his age-24 season, he will quickly become an afterthought.
A Mississippi State product who was the most dominant Division 1 hitter in 2017, Rooker still fell to No. 35 overall in the draft due to his first base/left field defensive limitations and his age (he's already 23). Rooker hit more home runs (18) in 62 games between the Appalachian League and Florida State League than the first six position players selected from that class combined to hit in their debuts. That says more about his age/experience relative to the players he was facing than it says about his power, which is plus, but not generational. His 29 percent strikeout rate at High-A illustrates the type of risk involved going forward. Given his age, we'll never fully buy in until he produces at the highest level, and if he falters on the way there, he isn't young enough to get the benefit of the doubt. Rooker's profile is very similar to that of A.J. Reed, which is important to remember if he's dominating at Triple-A and on the verge of a big-league promotion a year from now.
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Feeling good after surgery
OFMinnesota Twins
Forearm
October 1, 2020
Rooker has checked out well following surgery on his fractured forearm, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
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Will require surgery
OFMinnesota Twins
Forearm
September 14, 2020
Rooker will require surgery to address the fractured right forearm he sustained in Saturday's game against the Indians, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
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To 10-day IL
OFMinnesota Twins
Forearm
September 13, 2020
Rooker was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a fractured right forearm.
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Out with fractured forearm
OFMinnesota Twins
Forearm
September 12, 2020
Rooker will miss the rest of the 2020 season after suffering a fractured right forearm Saturday against the Indians, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Exits with forearm injury
OFMinnesota Twins
Arm
September 12, 2020
Rooker left Saturday's game against the Indians in the fourth inning with a right forearm injury after being hit by a pitch, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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