In the fourth round, #124 overall, the Redbirds made their second selection of the draft, their second college pick, and their first obvious money-saving pick, going with Kramer Robertson, a middle infielder out of LSU.
I say middle infielder, rather than shortstop, because it’s an open question as to whether Robertson stays at short long term or moves over to the second base side. The arm is not a lock for short, even if his range is.
I’ll make this short: we’ve seen this movie before, and Kramer Robertson pt. 1 was called Tommy Edman. Undersized college middle infielder with speed and outstanding plate discipline. Is that Edman, or is that Robertson? No need to choose; it’s both!
Obviously, college seniors are always a little tough to get excited about, seeing as how they’re often guys with middling tools who came with a nice price tag, and Robertson fits that bill. On the other hand, he really does have plus speed and a grinder mentality at the plate that would fit in well with the likes of Matt Carpenter, and plus he absolutely seems to love getting hit by pitches. Robertson has been plunked 26 times over the past two seasons, which has helped him post ~.420 OBPs each year. He’s not big, and there’s very little pop here, but Kramer Robertson will do whatever it takes to get on base.
via 2080 Baseball: