Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker has proven a difficult out for pitchers all season, batting .408 with 20 home runs and 71 RBI as a redshirt junior.
The SEC’s leading hitter has gained a lot of interest from professional scouts because of his breakout season, including the Atlanta Braves. During a Q&A on Twitter, Braves general manager John Coppolella was asked his opinions on the Bulldogs slugger.
Impact bat — and he's from Marietta too. Somebody we like a lot. https://t.co/bZbgvfEA7B
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 19, 2017
While Rooker is actually from Germantown, Tenn., and not Marietta, Ga., he is on the mind of the Braves brain trust, and for good reason. He is on pace to win the triple crown by leading the SEC in batting average, home runs, and RBI while being named a semifinalist for the Howser Trophy, given to the national college player of the year.
Rooker was named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American third team.