Timothy Dale Brookens
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
- School Mansfield State College, Shenandoah Junior College
- High School Chambersburg Area Senior High School
- Born August 10, 1953 in Chambersburg, PA USA
The twin brother of big leaguer Tom Brookens, Tim Brookens played four seasons of minor league ball.
Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1975 January amateur draft, he clubbed 12 homers for the Anderson Rangers that year, hitting .241/.313/.382. He led Western Carolinas League shortstops in assists (300), double plays (52) and putouts (195) but also in errors (40). He was named the league's All-Star shortstop.
In 1976, Tim hit .214/.350/.299 and fielded only .850 in 22 games at short for the San Antonio Brewers (he spent 43 games overall with San Antonio) and .208/.285/.355 in 59 games for the Asheville Tourists.
After two years in the Rangers chain, he spent two more summers playing for the Montgomery Rebels in the Detroit Tigers farm system. He batted .272/.347/.457 with 8 triples in 1977; with Alan Trammell at short, Brookens was moved to a utility role. He backed up Lou Whitaker in second base and played 34 games in the outfield, where he had an amazing 10 assists, only six shy of the Southern League lead despite his limited time there.
In 1978, Tim ended his career by hitting just .157/.239/.239 in 105 games for Montgomery, alternating at second base with Gary Armstrong.
Besides his brother, Brookens' cousin Ike Brookens also played major league ball. Another brother, Andy Brookens, also played in the minors. His cousin Jeff Brookens was in the same lineup at Mansfield State as Tim and Tom. His first cousin, once removed, Casey Brookens, played in the minors, too.
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