Trenton Brooks - Outfielder
Current team: High-A Lynchburg
2017 stats: 1 game, 0-for-3
2016 stats: 35 G, .222 AVG, 12 R, 9 2B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 18 K, 3 SB, .562 OPS
Brooks, 21, is a 6'0" 180-pound left-handed hitting outfielder the Indians selected in the 17th round of the 2016 Draft out of the University of Nevada and signed for $100,000. In 59 games with Nevada last season he hit .277 with 4 HR, 42 RBI and 40-26 walk to strikeout ratio, and he also pitched as he made 15 starts going 6-5 with a 5.56 ERA and in 77.2 innings allowed 96 hits, 21 walks and had 55 strikeouts.
Brooks shows a good concept to hitting with a good swing and a patient approach at the plate where he works the count, walks a lot and limits strikeouts. The power is fringe average but has a chance to be average as he shows some consistent, good gap power and the ability to pile up a good amount of doubles. He pitched a lot in college, but the Indians are committed to developing him as an outfielder. He can play all three outfield positions and has the athleticism, instincts, strong arm and defensive upside to play center field on an everyday basis.
As a two way player in college who pitched and played outfield, the belief is now that Brooks can specialize and just focus on hitting and playing the outfield and not worry about pitching that he could make some big strides offensively and defensively. He just needs to find consistency and is working to put it all together with his routines and refining his swing and approach.
Brooks is an intriguing player the Indians picked up in the non-bonus pool rounds of the draft who has some upside to be a lot more than what he showed in college. He opened the season in extended spring training but recently joined High-A Lynchburg, and will probably bounce around between Lynchburg and Low-A Lake County as needed before going to Short-A Mahoning Valley when their season starts in mid-June.