Terry Brent Rooker, Jr. was originally signed by Twins scout Derrick Dunbar…his wife, Allie, is an emergency room nurse…has a daughter, Blair Evelyn…graduated of Evangelical Christian School in Germantown, TN…also led ECS to the Division 2-A State Championship Game in football as the starting quarterback…named a 2013 Tennessee Mr. Football finalist after setting 18 school records…also played on the basketball team…played three seasons of baseball at Mississippi State University from 2015-17, hitting .344 with 104 runs scored, 48 doubles, five triples, 36 home runs and 148 RBI in 159 games…won the SEC Triple Crown in 2017 after hitting .387 with 23 home runs and 48 RBI in 67 games and earned SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC honors.
Was in the Twins organization during the spring, was traded to the Padres prior to the start of the season and was later dealt to Milwaukee at the trading deadline....Spent most of the season at Triple-A but also had four stints with San Diego and Kansas City and combined to go 4-for-32 (.125) with two RBI in 16 games....Was 3-for-20 (.150) against left-handed pitchers, 1-for-12 (.083) against right-handers....Started five games in left field and four at designated hitter…also went 1-for-6 (.167) with a walk as a pinch hitter....Also hit .289 with 28 home runs, 87 RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 81 games with El Paso and Omaha....Tied for seventh among all Triple-A hitters in home runs, ranked 10th in extra base hits (55) and tied for 10th in RBI....Had minor league career highs in batting, slugging (.649), OPS (1.044), home runs and RBI....Batted .321 (25-for-78) with an 1.176 OPS against left-handed pitchers compared to .278 (64-for-230) with a .999 OPS against right-handers....Hit .311 with runners in scoring position…connected for 19 of his 28 home runs with runners on base…was 3-for-10 (.300) with two grand slams, 17 RBI and four walks with the bases loaded....Hit .327 with 19 of his 28 home runs in 42 games in his home ballparks compared to .247 on the road....Had a .425 batting average, nine home runs, 24 RBI and a 1.799 OPS in the eighth inning....Started 41 games in left field, 22 in right field and 17 at designated hitter…committed three errors, all as a left fielder…had one assist....Batted .312 as an outfielder, .190 as the designated hitter…also walked in his only pinch hitting appearance....Hit in every spot in the order except seventh and ninth and saw his most action with 42 games hitting cleanup..DAY-BY-DAY: Was with the Minnesota Twins organization during the spring but was traded to San Diego with Taylor Rogers and cash for Chris Paddack, Emilio Pagan and a PTBNL two days before the start of the season April 6…was assigned to Triple-A El Paso and hit .272 with 19 home runs and 55 RBI in 61 games with the Chihuahuas…went 5-for-22 (.227) over his first seven games before he was placed on the injured list April 18 with a strained right rotator cuff…was reinstated ]May 10 and hit .270 with seven home runs and 19 RBI over his first 16 games following his return…had two home runs and five RBI May 28 against Sugar Land…it was his fourth career multi-homer game and the RBI were a season-high…stolen two bases in a game for the second time in his career on May 30 at Salt Lake (also July 13, 2018 vs. Montgomery)…was recalled by San Diego on June 3 but did not appear in a game before he was sent back to El Paso the next day…was called up as an additional player on June 11 but did not play before being sent back the same day…hit .338 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI over his first 20 games following his return…had his fifth career multi-homer game when he went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and three RBI on June 15 against Las Vegas…connected for his first of two grand slams on July 4 at Sugar Land…was recalled by San Diego a third time July 8 and went 0-for-7 in two games against San Francisco before he was optioned back to El Paso on July 11…went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in his first game back July 13 against Round Rock for his sixth career multi-homer game…was 11-for-45 (.244) with five home runs and 12 RBI in 12 games following his option when he was traded to Kansas City for Cam Gallagher on Aug. 2…was assigned to Triple-A Omaha following the trade and batted .338 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 20 games with the Storm Chasers…hit safely in 10 consecutive minor league games from Aug. 4 to Sept. 16 (15-for 42, .357)…went 9-for-20 (.450) with a double, three home runs and seven RBI over his first five games with Omaha before he was recalled by Kansas City on Aug. 10…had two hits in his Royals debut against the Dodgers on Aug. 13 but then went 2-for-22 (.091) over his next 13 games and was optioned to Omaha on Sept. 9…went 18-for-60 (.300) with six home runs and 25 RBI over his final 15 games…homered in three straight games, Sept. 23 to 26…was named International League Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 25 after going 9-for-19 (.474) with seven runs, three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and five walks in five games…then hit his second grand slam of the season Sept. 26 at St. Paul.
Began season on Minnesota's Taxi Squad after being optioned from Twins spring training on March 29...Recalled from Taxi Squad on April 3 (Josh Donaldson - IL)...Played in just three games for the Twins from April 4-6, going 1-for-11 with one RBI and was placed on 10-day Injured List with a cervical sprain on April 7; reinstated on April 20...Played in just five more games with the Twins in his return and was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on April 29...Walked eight times in a three-game span for the Saints from May 6-8...Homered in three-straight games for the Saints from June 19-22 and finished June with nine home runs in 24 games...Went 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs and seven RBI for the Saints on July 13 vs. Columbus...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week on July 18, hitting .308 (8-for-26) with one double, five home runs, 13 RBI and a 1.290 OPS...Hit .258 (48-for-186) with nine doubles, one triple, 18 home runs, 41 RBI and a .974 OPS in 51 games from June 2-July 31 and was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul on July 23, spending the rest of season with Minnesota...hit 20 home runs in 62 games overall for the Saints, tied for fourth-most among all Twins farmhands...Hit the fifth-longest home run by the club on season, a 460-foot shot on July 26 vs. Detroit (off Matt Manning)...Recorded first three-hit game on July 27 vs. Detroit, hitting one double and two singles...Set career-high with four hits in five at-bats, including one home run and two RBI, on Aug. 13 vs. Tampa Bay...Placed on Paternity List from Sept. 13-16 as he and his wife, Allie, had their first child, daughter Blair Evelyn, on Sept. 13...went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI in his first game back on Sept. 17 at Toronto...Played 38 games (35 starts) in left field and eight games (7 starts) in rightfield...Combined to hit .225 (92-for-409) with 18 doubles, one triple, 29 home runs 65 RBI and an .820 OPS in 120 games between St. Paul and Minnesota...hit 23 of his home runs against right-handers and six against lefties...Was hit by a pitch nine times on the season, second-most by a Twins rookie in a single season, trailing only Marty Cordova's 10 in 1995...ranked second among American League rookies and fifth in MLB.
Began season in Twins Player Pool in St. Paul...contract selected September 4 (Max Kepler - IL)…Made major league debut September 4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. Detroit, going 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch, while hitting seventh and starting in left field...Recorded first career RBI September 4 vs. Detroit (Game 2), singling in Jorge Polanco in the third inning off Detroit starter Tyler Alexander...Hit first career home run September 8 at St. Louis, a two-run shot off Daniel Ponce de Leon...Suffered fractured right forearm after being hit by pitch on right forearm September 12 vs. Cleveland by Zach Plesac...placed on 10-day Injured List the next day, ending his season...Reached safely in all seven games played on the season and hit safely in final six games prior to IL stint...Ranked Twins 12th best prospect by MLB.com.
Was an invite to Twins spring training, the first of career; reassigned to minor league camp March 8 and began season at Triple-A Rochester...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week June 23, hitting .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, four walks and a 1.488 OPS for the Red Wings...Hit .337 (33-for-98) with nine doubles, six home runs, 28 RBI, 27 walks and a 1.120 OPS in 30 June games...Named International League Midseason All-Star...Placed on 7-day Injured List with a right groin contusion July 14...Finished the season playing in two rehab games with GCL Twins in late August...Played all his games defensively in leftfield -- 56 games, 55 starts...Hit .312 (53-for-170) vs. right-handed pitching and .203 (13-for-64) vs. left-handed pitching...Despite playing in only 65 games, ranked third on Red Wings in RBI (47), and fourth in home runs (14) and walks (35)...Named outfielder on Twins MiLB.com organization All-Star team...Played for Team USA in the WBSC Premier12 in November, hitting .300 (6-for-20) with one double, three home runs, five RBI and three runs scored.
Spent entire season with Double-A Chattanooga...named Twins minor league Player of the Week for the first of three times on the season May 19, hitting .290 (9-for-31) with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in seven games...named Twins minor league Player of the Week for the second time on June 9, hitting .400 (10-for-25) with one double, one triple, one home run, six RBI and eight walks in seven games...named Southern League All-Star...named Southern League Player of the Week and Twins minor league Player of the Week (3rd on season) July 29, hitting .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI and six walks in seven games...played 47 games (46 starts) at first base and 44 games (all starts) in leftfield...led the Lookouts in games (130), hits (128), home runs (22), RBI (79), doubles (32), walks (56), and total bases (234)...led the Southern League in RBI; ranked second in home runs, total bases and hits; and fourth in games...named to MiLB.com's Twins organization All-Star team...named sixth-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2019.
Began season with Rookie-Elizabethton...hit two home runs in his first four games with the E-Twins...transferred to Single-A Ft. Myers July 18...named Florida State League Player of the Week twice: August 13 and August 27...named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 12, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three home runs and 12 RBI in six games...named Twins minor league Player of the Month for August, hitting .341 (29-for-85) with four doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI in 23 games...following the season named an MiLB.com organization All-Star.