Brent Rooker – OF/1B
Another area of depth for the Twins resides in the outfield, where Alex Kirilloff and recent first round pick Trevor Larnach are unlikely to be a part of a deal. With the trio of Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton currently at the major league level, it’s possible the Twins could look to their outfield depth and move Brent Rooker.
Rooker was the 35th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and has a bat that would fit right in with the Bomba Squad. After smashing 23 HR during his final season at Mississippi State, he picked up where he left off in the minors crushing 52 bombs in 2+ seasons in the Twins organization, including 12 at Triple-A Rochester this year.
While Rooker’s bat is what will ultimately get him to the major leagues, his fielding is something that might need work. With the Twins log jam in the outfield, they could try to move him to first base, but a lot of that will depend on what they want to do with C.J. Cron, who still has one year of team control after the 2019 season.
Again, this would be a piece that the Twins would have to swallow hard to pull the trigger, but with the glut of power in the outfield, dealing Rooker could be the difference between a deal or no deal.