|Minnesota Twins – No. 50|
|Outfielder / First baseman|
|Born: November 1, 1994|
|September 4, 2020, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 17, 2021)
|Runs batted in||20|
Terry Brent Rooker Jr. (born November 1, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).
After a high school career at Evangelical Christian School and redshirting for the 2014 season at Mississippi State, Rooker played in 34 games in 2015, hitting .257/.325/.378 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs. In 2016, he helped lead the Bulldogs to an Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship, hitting .324/.376/.578 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. In 2016, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was named a league all-star.
In 2017, Rooker was named Collegiate Baseball national Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .387 batting average, 23 home runs, and 82 RBIs, winning only the second triple crown in SEC history, along with a .495 on base percentage, .810 slugging percentage, 30 doubles, and 18 stolen bases. He also won the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given to Mississippi's top college baseball player.
The Minnesota Twins selected Rooker with the 35th overall selection of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. He signed with the Twins for a $1.935 million signing bonus. Rooker was assigned to the Elizabethton Twins and was later promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle. In 62 games between both clubs, he batted .281/.364/.566 with 18 home runs, 52 RBIs, and a .930 OPS.
He spent 2018 with the Chattanooga Lookouts. He batted .254/.333/.465 with 22 home runs (2nd in the Southern League), 79 RBIs (leading the league), 32 doubles (tied for the league lead), and 150 strikeouts (4th) in 130 games.
He spent 2019 with the Rochester Red Wings, earning International League All-Star honors. Over 65 games, he hit .281/.398/.535 with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. After the season, on October 10, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12. In the tournament he batted .300/.333/.800 with three home runs and five RBIs in 20 at bats. He was named the best designated hitter in the tournament.
On September 4, 2020, Rooker was promoted to the major leagues for the first time and made his major league debut that day against the Detroit Tigers.