Brent Rooker
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Included in 60-man player pool
OFMinnesota Twins
June 29, 2020
Rooker was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, reports.
Rooker hit .286/.400/.333 with zero home runs and a 6:3 K:BB in 25 plate appearances with the big club in spring training. While Rooker may be able to hold his own at the plate against big-league pitching, albeit with plenty of strikeouts (34.7 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A), his defensive limitations and the Twins' impressive depth make it tough to envision a path to significant playing time. He'll likely spend most of the season at Minnesota's alternate training site.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Strong showing in big-league ST
OFMinnesota Twins
March 19, 2020
Rooker hit .286/.400/.333 with zero home runs and a 6:3 K:BB in 25 plate appearances with the big club this spring.
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Invited to Twins' camp
OFMinnesota Twins
February 3, 2020
Rooker was invited to the Twins' major-league spring training Monday.
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Seemingly done for season
OFMinnesota Twins
September 5, 2019
Rooker (groin) returned to Rochester after the Gulf Coast League playoffs were cancelled in advance of Hurricane Dorian, Justin Murphy of the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
OFMinnesota Twins
August 26, 2019
Rooker (groin) began a rehab assignment with the Twins' Gulf Coast League affiliate on Monday, Brandon Warne of reports.
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Lands on MiLB IL
OFMinnesota Twins
July 16, 2019
Rooker was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuedsay due to a right groin contusion, Brandon Warne of reports.
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