Minnesota Twins: Ranking the top 5 position player prospects

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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: Brent Rooker #66 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait during Minnesota Twins Photo Day on February 22, 2019 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: Brent Rooker #66 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait during Minnesota Twins Photo Day on February 22, 2019 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

#4 Brent Rooker OF

Rooker is a 6’3″ 215-pound slugger drafted by the Twins 35th overall in 2017. The Twins liked him so much they took a flier on the young power-hitter by drafting him in the 38th round in 2016.

Possibly the most modern player in this ranking, Brent Rooker arguably has the most pop in the Minnesota Twins farm system. Though currently dealing with an injury, Rooker has a total of 14 homers on the year all at the AAA level. While he does provide considerable pop, his strikeout rate is somewhat alarming. In 228 at-bats this year, Rooker has 95 K’s on the season.

While there’s been some discussion of Rooker being a full-time DH, it would be rather early in his career to give up on the big slugger in the field. Though he’s considerably better at the plate, he still could provide value in the field whether it’s in the outfield or making a move to first base. Though he’s not in the MLB.com top 100, he is listed at 8th overall on their list of Top-10 1B prospects.

Ahead of him in the outfield is a logjam of rock-solid MLB players. WIth veteran Nelson Cruz at DH and newcomer C.J. Cron at 1B, Rooker may be able to find some time in the lineup as soon as next year. Though it may take the Minnesota Twins being somewhat creative, they’ll be more than happy to find him some room if he keeps stroking the ball as well as he is.

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