Brent Rooker was picked by the Minnesota Twins late in the 2016 MLB Draft after a second-team All-SEC season for Mississippi State baseball.
What a difference a year made, but the same team came after him again. The Bulldogs slugger was a supplemental first-round draft pick as the Minnesota Twins picked him No. 35 on Monday night after a monster offensive season in which he earned SEC Player of the Year honors.
As a senior, Rooker paced the league with massive offensive numbers from the start of the season onward. He finished the regular season with a .415 batting average, 20 home runs and 73 RBI in 56 games for one of the best single-season showings in Mississippi State history.
With how things stand now, Rooker is in line to claim the SEC triple crown — as long as none of the players still playing this season make big leaps to catch him. Rooker, whose season came to an end Sunday night against LSU, ended his year with a .387 batting average, 23 homers and 82 RBI.
He easily topped the SEC in slugging average (.810) and total bases (201), while also leading the conference in doubles (30) and on-base average (.495). He tied for the conference lead in hits with 96, tied for second in stolen bases with 18 and was third with 60 runs scored.