Rooker becomes the 11th Bulldog drafted

Mississippi State's Brent Rooker (19) was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker (19) was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

After not having a single player selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, Mississippi State more than made up for it this year.

Redshirt sophomore right fielder Brent Rooker became the 11th Bulldogs to be taken in the draft when the Minnesota Twins picked him up in the 38th round (1,143rd overall) on Saturday.

It was the first time Rooker has been drafted and is the first MSU player selected by the Twins since David Hooten in 1996.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Germantown, Tennessee started 53 of the 58 games in which he played this season and led the team with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. Rooker batted .324 with 66 hits, 15 doubles, two triples and two stolen bases.

Rooker was named the Most Outstanding Player during the Starkville Regional.

Rooker will have until July 15 to ink with Minnesota or return to Starkville for his junior season.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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