After the disappointment of having his junior season eliminated by COVID-19, Noah Rooney of Perham has something to celebrate before his senior season even begins.
Rooney, a left-handed pitcher for the Yellowjackets, will play college baseball for the University of Minnesota.
The Gophers’ coaching staff announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to the program’s incoming 2021 recruiting class on Friday.
“Noah is a multi-sport athlete who displays athleticism and deceptiveness that can be a nightmare for left-handed hitters,” We couldn’t be more excited to get him on campus.”
— Gophers Pitching Coach Ty McDevitt
Here’s the Noah’s bio from Gophersports.com
|Position: LHP | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 170 | Bat/Throws: L/L
Hometown: Perham, Minn. | High School: Perham
Scouting Report: Athletic left-handed hurler who brings deceptiveness and a fierce competitiveness with him to the mound. A natural strike thrower with three above average offerings: 88-90 MPH fastball with excellent command, 72-75 MPH curveball with tight spin and a fading changeup that can be used at any time.
Prior to the start of his senior season, Rooney signs with the U as a seven-time varsity letterwinner due to his status as a three-sport athlete at Perham High School. In addition to a trio of baseball letters, he holds two letters each in both football and wrestling. Dating back to the 2017 season, Rooney has excelled as a two-way player on the diamond for head coach James Mulcahy. Although there was no spring season in 2020, the southpaw pitched 14 1/3 summer innings for the Minnesota Starters under coaches Neal Kunik and Lincoln Hochmuth, finishing with a 0.78 ERA and 26 strikeouts.
En route to being named the 2019 Section 8AA Pitcher of the Year, Rooney enjoyed an elite sophomore campaign the last time he suited up for Perham. Tossing 48 innings, he went 6-2 and allowed just nine earned runs on the season to achieve a 1.31 ERA, earning him All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season. Those numbers came with a 0.85 WHIP and a school-record 94 strikeouts, translating to a 17.6 K/9. At the plate, he batted .365 accompanied by a .529 OBP, 23 hits, 25 runs and 23 RBI. While playing for the Perham Legion team over the summer, Rooney posted even better numbers. The lefty delivered a 5-1 record and registered a 1.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 60 strikeouts across 41 frames. Rooney also batted .371 with a .480 OBP, 32 hits, 20 runs scored and six RBI.
During the 2018 season, Rooney posted a 5-2 record on the hill with a 2.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 51 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings pitched. In Legion action, he fired another 29 innings of work and concluded with a 3-1 record, 2.17 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 35 strikeouts. As a result of his career performance, Perfect Game ranked him as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher in Minnesota and the No. 20 overall player in the state while handing him recognition as the No. 179 left-handed pitcher nationally. Meanwhile, Prep Baseball Report graded Rooney as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher and No. 10 overall player in the state.
On top of the aforementioned achievements, Rooney also owns the Perham record for most strikeouts (16) in a single game. He helped power the Yellowjackets to one Class AA State appearance on the diamond, while leading the school to two Class AAA State appearances on the gridiron. In 2019, Rooney was named All-District Honorable Mention in football after hauling in eight touchdowns for 753 yards. Also successful on the mat, he owns two career appearances at the Class AA Wrestling State Tournament.
As the son of Courtney and Nathan Rooney, Noah is the eldest of five children. He has one younger brother, Ty, and three younger sisters, Natalie, Josie and Paisley. Also highly accomplished in the classroom, Rooney was named Academic All-Conference in both baseball and football in 2018 and 2019, owning a 3.99 GPA as part of the 2020 Academic All-State Champion Perham baseball program. Noah is also a member of National Honor Society and Perham’s Rotary Club. He intends to major in health science at the University of Minnesota.
Schools Also Considered: Michigan, Pittsburgh, Bradley, Charleston Southern, Indiana State, Xavier, North Dakota State, South Dakota State
Rooney on why he chose Minnesota: “I chose the University of Minnesota because it was the best place for me to develop not only as an athlete, but also academically and as a person. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the coaching staff and the history that comes with putting on a Minnesota Baseball jersey. Having the opportunity to play for the home state team is something that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid and I couldn’t be more excited to become a Gopher.”
Pitching Coach Ty McDevitt on Rooney: “Noah is a multi-sport athlete who displays athleticism and deceptiveness that can be a nightmare for left-handed hitters. He has made a significant jump between his sophomore and junior year which was highlighted by a tight breaking ball and an electric fastball (90 MPH) that jumps on hitters. Noah’s athleticism forms a perfect foundation for success on the mound. He’ll remind Gopher fans a lot of John Lowery and Andy Hammerschmidt. We couldn’t be more excited to get him on campus.”