It’s been quite a week for Kramer Robertson.
On Sunday, the LSU shortstop fulfilled a dream when the Tigers defeated Mississippi State, 14-4, to clinch a spot in the College World Series. On Tuesday, Robertson’s professional baseball dreams became a reality.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Robertson, a former Super Centex star at Midway, in the fourth round of Tuesday’s Major League Draft, with the 124th pick overall.
“Wow! I can’t even put into words how humbled and honored I am to be selected by such a first class organization like the Cardinals,” Robertson tweeted after the pick.
Robertson turned in a splendid senior season in Baton Rouge, producing a .319 batting average, a team-high 83 runs scored, eight home runs, 43 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 11 attempts. He was an All-SEC honoree for the second straight year, and received third-team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Robertson, 22, experienced a draft call a year ago, as the Cleveland Indians picked the infielder in the 32nd round. But given that he had a season of college eligibility and had personally never experienced the College World Series as a player, Robertson opted to return to school.
“It was a really easy decision to come back,” Robertson told the Tribune-Herald earlier this season. “There wasn’t any doubt in my mind. I want to make it to Omaha.”
That decision turned out to be rather serendipitous, considering Robertson and the Tigers are not only headed to Omaha but he also moved up 28 rounds in the draft. The slot value for Robertson’s place in the draft is $424,800. That means that the Cardinals could give Robertson a signing bonus of around that amount, as suggested by the MLB office through the collective bargaining agreement.
No other players with Central Texas ties were taken on Tuesday’s second day of the draft, which progressed through round 10. The draft will conclude Wednesday with rounds 11-40.