Mississippi State Baseball Player and SEC Player of the Year Brent Rooker was projected by many to either be drafted in the second round of the MLB Draft or late in the first round. On Monday night, he became the 14th Mississippi State Baseball Player to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft.
National Player of the Year @Brent_Rooker19 has been selected by the Minnesota @Twins!— MSU Baseball ⚾ (@HailStateBB) June 13, 2017
Pick: 3️⃣5️⃣#STATEtoTheShow #HailState pic.twitter.com/guGWKUR3rS
Rooker was selected 35th overall in the supplemental portuon of the first round. The Minnesota Twins selected Rooker and will likely have the star slugger play Left Field when he heads to their minor league organization.
It’s not surprising the Twins selected him. He was drafted by the Twins last year in the MLB Draft, but he didn’t have to wait as long to hear his name called this year.
Brent Rooker was the 1,143rd overall pick last year. So by coming back to Mississippi State, he moved up 1,108 spots. Pretty good call.— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) June 13, 2017
This is the second consecutive year a Bulldog was drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft. In 2016, Dakota Hudson was taken in the supplemental portion of the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Congratulations to Brent Rooker! we look forward to seeing what he can do in the Minnesota Twins organization. We also can’t wait to see if he will be selected as the Golden Spikes Winner for the best collegiate baseball player.