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Rooker Named Co-National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball

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The Golden Spikes Contender shared the honor with his primary competition for college baseball’s highest individual honor.

Brent Rooker is one of two players who will be considered the favorite for the Golden Spikes award. He and Brendan McKay of Louisville will receive the most consideration. On Thursday, the two were named Co-National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball

Brent Rooker has had an amazing season. This is Brent Rooker’s amazing stat line.

  • Batting Average: .404
  • Home Runs: 21
  • RBIs: 76
  • Slugging Percentage: .843
  • On Base Percentage: .505
  • Stolen Bases: 18

Brent McKay’s Numbers offensively are great but not as stellar as Rooker’s numbers.

  • Batting Average: .363
  • Home Runs: 17
  • RBIs: 53
  • Slugging Percentage: .728
  • On Base Percentage: .481
  • Stolen Bases: 6

So why is McKay in the same conversation with Rooker? It’s because he might also be the best pitcher in the country. McKay has a 9-3 record, 2.37 ERA, opponents are hitting just .181 against him, and he has a 124 to 31 strikeout to walk ratio.

Trying to figure out how to measure the offensive dominance of Brent Rooker to go along with McKay’s stellar play with the bat and on the mound is not an easy task. I like what Collegiate Baseball did in splitting their highest honor between the two. This likely won’t be the last honor we hear is given to Brent Rooker before the season is over.