ECS retired the #19 baseball jersey of decorated former Mississippi State and current Twins organization baseball player and ECS alumnus, Brent Rooker.
During the 2020 Winter Homecoming game, ECS retired the #19 baseball jersey of decorated former Mississippi State and current Twins organization baseball player and ECS alumnus, Brent Rooker. Brent was honored with this well-deserved recognition as his family, former coaches, former teammates, and an enthusiastic crowd cheered. Prior to the game, a reception was given to celebrate this momentous occasion. Brent is only the third player in ECS baseball history to have his jersey retired, following in the tradition of George Sherrill and Bill Edwards.
At ECS, Brent was named a 2013 Tennessee Mr. Football finalist and voted Division II-A Player of the Year in baseball. As a multisport athlete, Brent played in the football, basketball and baseball state championships (where ECS won the state title) during his senior year.
After graduating from ECS in 2013, Brent went on to play baseball at the collegiate level at Mississippi State University. Brent's 2017 campaign is one of the most decorated in Mississippi State history being named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year, SEC Baseball Player of the Year, SEC Male Athlete of the Year, Golden Spikes Finalist, Dick Howser Finalist, C Spire Ferriss Trophy Winner and an All American by five other baseball organizations. He also became the second SEC player ever to win the Triple Crown, surpassing 20 home runs, 30 doubles and 75 RBI's in a single season, leading the SEC league in batting average (.387), home runs (23) and RBIs (82). Brent finished his 2017 season leading the SEC in eight different offensive categories and the nation in three different categories. He was also named to the All SEC First Team and was a four-time SEC All Academic Honor Roll member. He earned two degrees during his four years at Mississippi State.
Brent was drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2017 and currently plays for the Minnesota Twins organization. He was named a AA post season Twins All Star in 2018 and in 2019. Minor League Baseball named him to the International League AAA All Star team. He spent the 2019 season playing for the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA team for the Minnesota Twins, hitting just shy of .300 with 14 home runs. Though his 2019 season was cut short due to an injury, he was also named to the Twins post season 2019 All Star Team. Most recently, he played for Team USA in the Olympic qualifiers in Mexico and Japan and was named to the All World Team.
ECS Varsity Baseball Head Coach Duke Williams says, "Brent is one of the humblest, most down-to-earth players I have been around as a coach. He has a tremendous work ethic, which is a major reason he is so successful. It's a blessing to watch him use his platform to express his strong faith in Jesus. We are very proud of all Brent has done and so grateful he is an ECS Eagle."
Brent and his wife, Allie Oliver Rooker (ECS class of 2012), have been married for more than a year and live in Nashville where he is currently preparing for Spring Training 2020.