Hey guys, I watched my 1st ever game in Elizabethton, TN Saturday (nice park). This will be one of my Appy home parks as will Johnson City and Greeneville. The Twins have a solid roster led by recent draftee Brent Rooker.
Rooker- age 22, listed 6’3″ 215 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted 35th overall in the 2017 draft by the Twins out of Mississippi State Univ.
Rooker looked pretty well put together, I guessed 6’3″ 210 lbs on the field, plenty of projection remaining. I suspect he could add another 15+ pounds of muscle, that could cost him a step though. That could be the difference between Rooker being a corner outfielder or a 1B only player. The bat could play everywhere.
Rooker hits from a closed stance with a slight crouch. He keeps his hands high and they stay pretty active pre-pitch. He uses a moderate leg kick for timing. The swing has a long follow through though he’s fairly quick to the ball. He displays quick wrists and generates above average bat speed. The ball really jumps off of his barrel. The approach seemed fairly aggressive, he swung early and often in every at bat. He seems to hit the ball where it’s pitched, his 3 hits Saturday were a 1B to RF, a 2B to RC and an HR to left.. He displayed very good bat to ball skills (I saw an 8 pitch at bat in which he fouled off some tough pitches before lining that single to RF).
It was just one look but with the bat speed he generates combined with the bat to ball skills and all fields approach, the hit could play as high as plus. He may have to tone down some of the aggressiveness to get there though.
Rooker has plus raw power right now and that could reach 65-70 at peak. That HR to Left came off an elevated 92 MPH fastball. Off the bat it was more line drive than big fly and left the yard in a hurry. I’d estimate the distance to be 400′.
Rooker has above average speed right now though he’ll fill out.
I didn’t get a great read on Rooker’s defense in left yet. Hopefully I’ll get another look or two before he gets promoted to Cedar Rapids.
Rooker was a fun player to watch, he’s got a nice combination of hit plus power. We could be looking at a player that hits 280+ with 22-28 HR who kicks in 5-10 SB’s at least early in his career. I’ll update this piece if/when I get a look at the defense. Cheers
Here we get several good looks at Rooker’s swing, courtesy of The Prospect Pipeline