Brent Rooker

Brent Rooker

29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Rooker went from being designated for assignment by the Royals in November of 2022 to becoming a bona fide breakout slugger for the Athletics in 2023. He was one of only 29 major leaguers to reach the 30-homer plateau and he posted the 14th-highest OPS (.817) among all qualified American League hitters. Rooker strikes out often and is probably never going to be a good source for batting average, but his power stroke sure appears to be a bankable asset. He finished in the 93rd percentile last year in barrel percentage and was in the 91st percentile in hard-hit rate. The 29-year-old is going to have to make a lot of noise on his own as part of a mostly punchless Oakland offense, but that poor supporting cast at least assures him everyday at-bats in a fruitful lineup spot. Read Past Outlooks
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#284
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in March of 2024.
Drives in five Sunday
OFOakland Athletics
July 14, 2024
Rooker went 2-for-2 with a pair of two-run home runs, an RBI sacrifice fly and a walk in an 18-3 win over the Phillies on Sunday.
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Rooker ignited the Athletics' eight-homer barrage on the afternoon with the first of his two massive round trippers, slugging a 450-foot shot to center with JJ Bleday aboard in the fourth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. He'd one-up himself just two frames later, clearing the center-field wall at a distance of 452 feet to plate Bleday once again. The All-Star snub has been one of baseball's most fearsome hitters since the calendar flipped to July, hitting .488 (20-for-41) with three doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI, seven walks, three stolen bases and 15 runs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
36
26
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
11
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+77%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .855 272 34 17 41 5 .263 .335 .521
Since 2022vs Right .843 634 72 34 92 4 .257 .342 .501
2024vs Left .938 73 11 7 18 1 .258 .301 .636
2024vs Right .943 271 33 14 44 4 .301 .387 .555
2023vs Left .874 175 22 10 22 4 .279 .354 .519
2023vs Right .789 351 39 20 47 0 .230 .316 .472
2022vs Left .442 24 1 0 1 0 .150 .292 .150
2022vs Right .250 12 0 0 1 0 .083 .083 .167
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .838 415 48 21 54 3 .258 .340 .499
Since 2022Away .854 491 58 30 79 6 .259 .340 .514
2024Home .954 154 19 8 24 3 .308 .390 .564
2024Away .933 190 25 13 38 2 .278 .353 .580
2023Home .804 239 28 13 28 0 .236 .318 .486
2023Away .828 287 33 17 41 4 .255 .338 .490
2022Home .427 22 1 0 2 0 .150 .227 .200
2022Away .298 14 0 0 0 0 .083 .214 .083
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Stat Review
How does Brent Rooker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
10.5%
 
K Rate
32.6%
 
BABIP
.390
 
ISO
.281
 
AVG
.291
 
OBP
.369
 
SLG
.573
 
OPS
.942
 
wOBA
.403
 
Exit Velocity
92.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.5%
 
Barrels/PA
9.9%
 
Expected BA
.263
 
Expected SLG
.576
 
Sprint Speed
23.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
29.0%
 
Line Drive %
23.3%
 
Fly Ball %
47.7%
 
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Rooker flashed impressive power at Triple-A in 2022, logging a .289/.395/.649 slash line, 28 home runs, 88 RBI and 27 doubles in 81 contests. In the majors, he logged 16 games with the Royals and the Padres to little effect. mainly serving in a reserve role. Entering his age-28 season, Rooker is beginning to look like a Quadruple-A type of player -- he tears up Triple-A but can't put it all together after major-league call-ups. He was waived by the Royals and claimed by the Athletics in November, so a spot on the 40-man roster should put him in contention for a starting spot in the Oakland outfield or as the designated hitter heading into 2023, though it's far from a guarantee he can secure anything more than a short-side platoon role.
Rooker will compete for a reserve role this spring after showing some promise late last season in his first extended playing time. Rooker looked set to contend for a major league job after seven-game flash ( .316/.381/.579) in 2020 that was cut short by a broken arm. Rooker struggled in spring training and Triple-A, but found his form in the majors in the second half by hitting eight home runs with a .742 OPS. Rooker has prodigious power, but his high strikeout rate (32.9%) and limited defensive ability may limit his upside. He's had strong walk rates in the minors, so he could improve his on-base skills. He'll be in the mix for a reserve role or could factor at DH.
Rooker made a strong impression in his first short stint in the majors which could have him poised for regular playing time. The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief but productive run as a part-time player for the Twins following a Sept. 4 promotion, appearing in seven games and slashing .316/.381/.579 before suffering a season-ending broken right forearm after being struck by a pitch. Rooker advanced to the Triple-A level in 2019 but missed most of the second half of the season with a groin injury as he appeared in just 65 games. Over those 65 games, the 25-year-old hit .281/.398/.535 with 14 home runs. Rooker has prodigious power, but his high strikeout rate (34.7% in 2019) and limited defensive ability may limit his upside. He did strike out a lower 23.9 percent rate in his short MLB sample, however. He'll be in the mix for a reserve or large role in the outfield and first base this spring.
Rooker, the No. 35 overall draft pick in 2017, played in only 65 games at Triple-A and was limited to just two games after mid-July due to a groin injury. Rooker has prodigious power, as evidenced by the 14 home runs in those 65 games with a .254 ISO. While his .933 OPS and 139 wRC+ look impressive, his inability to make consistent contact is a concern. He had a 34.7 K% and just a 58.3% contact rate. He's also seen as a limited defender already confined to first base, left field and designated hitter. He was also old for his level last season, and keep in mind Triple-A used the same juiced ball as MLB last season. Those considerations take away a lot of the shine from his numbers. At 25 years old, his upside in the majors would seem limited. Still, he could be one of the first players called up if there's an opening at first base or DH.
As a supplemental first-round draft pick who put up huge numbers after signing in 2017 and who is now relatively close to the majors, Rooker has plenty of supporters. However, there are some obvious flaws in his profile that should not be overlooked. He posted a 124 wRC+ last year at Double-A, but was 23 years old and still struck out at a 26.4% clip with a middling .333 OBP. Age relative to level is important, especially for a player who probably profiles best as a designated hitter. He is a mediocre defender in left field and at first base, so his bat obviously has to carry him. Rooker has as much raw power (.211 ISO at Double-A) as any player the Twins have on the farm, but he does not project to make enough quality contact to hit for a high enough average to play at the bottom of the defensive spectrum. It is possible he could make improvements in that regard at Triple-A, but if he struggles in his age-24 season, he will quickly become an afterthought.
A Mississippi State product who was the most dominant Division 1 hitter in 2017, Rooker still fell to No. 35 overall in the draft due to his first base/left field defensive limitations and his age (he's already 23). Rooker hit more home runs (18) in 62 games between the Appalachian League and Florida State League than the first six position players selected from that class combined to hit in their debuts. That says more about his age/experience relative to the players he was facing than it says about his power, which is plus, but not generational. His 29 percent strikeout rate at High-A illustrates the type of risk involved going forward. Given his age, we'll never fully buy in until he produces at the highest level, and if he falters on the way there, he isn't young enough to get the benefit of the doubt. Rooker's profile is very similar to that of A.J. Reed, which is important to remember if he's dominating at Triple-A and on the verge of a big-league promotion a year from now.
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Homer, three hits in loss
OFOakland Athletics
July 13, 2024
Rooker went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 11-5 loss to the Phillies.
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Swipes fifth base Thursday
OFOakland Athletics
July 12, 2024
Rooker went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.
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On base four times in loss
OFOakland Athletics
July 10, 2024
Rooker went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, two walks and three runs in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
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Sets off offensive explosion
OFOakland Athletics
July 6, 2024
Rooker went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, an additional RBI and three total runs in Saturday's 19-8 shellacking of the Orioles.
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Records fourth steal in win
OFOakland Athletics
July 5, 2024
Rooker went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a walk in a win over the Angels on Thursday.
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Philly keeping tabs
OFOakland Athletics
July 7, 2024
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies "are keeping a close eye" on Rooker ahead of the July 30 trade deadline.
ANALYSIS
Rooker broke out for Oakland last season with 30 homers and has continued to perform in 2024 with 18 long balls and a .278/.353/.537 slash line through 77 games. The 29-year-old is still prone to swinging and missing with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate, but he also has a career-best 10.0 percent walk rate. Acquiring Rooker would be an offensive-minded move for the Phillies, who already have Kyle Schwarber -- who is set to soon return from a groin injury -- at designated hitter, and one of those two poor defenders would need to play the outfield.
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