Puckett’s Pond Minnesota Twins Top 20 Prospects: 11-15

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CHICAGO - APRIL 09: A bat, glove and ball rest on the field before the Chicago Cubs' home opening game against the Houston Astros on April 9, 2007 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 09: A bat, glove and ball rest on the field before the Chicago Cubs' home opening game against the Houston Astros on April 9, 2007 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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12. Brent Rooker, OF, 22 years old

The Twins certainly like what they saw in Rooker, drafting him in the 38th round last season before picking Rooker in the competitive balance A round this year in the draft, 35th overall in the entire draft.

Rooker had one of the most impressive college seasons in recent memory, hitting .387/.495/.810 with 30 doubles, 23 home runs, and 18 stolen bases in arguably the most competitive conference in college baseball in the SEC. There were concerns about Rooker’s strikeout rate, as he did strikeout in roughly 26.5% of his collegiate plate appearances, which is a very high rate for an elite prospect.

Rooker earned a promotion to high-A Fort Myers with his play with Elizabethton already, as he hit .282/.364/.588 with 5 doubles, 7 home runs, and 2 steals in 22 games with an 11.1% walk rate and a 21.2% strikeout rate.

He should move quickly as long as he can show he is an adequate defender in the outfield.

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