As the first several of weeks of minor league baseball are in the books for many Central Texans, let’s take a look and see how the hometown boys are fairing.
Midway and former Super Centex star Kramer Robertson, drafted in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals at pick 124, has gotten off to quite a hot start.
Through Friday, the infielder was batting an even .300 with two homers and four RBI for the Peoria Chiefs, the Cardinals’ Class A squad. The Chiefs are currently sitting in second place in the Western division of Midwest League at 16-12.
It’s a good start for Robertson, son of Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who, if you will remember, declined to play professional ball a year ago. The Indians selected Robertson in the 32nd round, but the second baseman chose to stay for his senior season at LSU.
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.
Baylor’s Kameron Esthay has had an up and down start for the Class-A Short Season Auburn Doubledays, batting .230 with two home runs and five RBI. But the rightfielder has seen his bat come alive in spurts, including a three-hit performance last week against the West Virginia Black Bears. Esthay was drafted in the 26th round by the Nationals.
Esthay’s teammate at Baylor Montana Parsons has thrown up a 0.00 ERA in his three innings pitched thus far for the Batavia Muckdogs, the Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Parsons hasn’t pitched yet in July.
As we switch our focus to McLennan Community College draftees, it’s not been a good start for a few former Highlanders.
Catcher Nic Motley, drafted in the fourteenth round by the Colorado Rockies, can’t seem to get his average over that dreaded Mendoza Line, batting at a .176 clip with just a homer. Motley has shown a good eye at the plate at times, adding nine walks.
Former MCC centerfielder Chris Roller has faced similar adversity, posting a .167 average for the Dodgers’ rookie league team.
It’s a small sample size for most of these local players, as shifting from collegiate baseball to the pro ranks sometimes takes a little time to get adjusted to.
But one thing is for sure, Central Texas continues to pump out loads of baseball talent.