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Viva El Birdos Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: Kramer Robertson

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Former LSU star on the Just Missed List

2017 Division I Men's College World Series - Florida v LSU - Game 2 Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Editor’s Note: A.E. Schafer aka the red baron has once again compiled a rather impressive list of Cardinals prospects doing a write-up on 40 individual prospects. As a convenience to our readers, he releases the list in a couple big chunks so everyone can read about all of the prospects at once. While that is a convenience to all of us who eagerly await the arrival of prospect lists, it might not be as convenient if you are looking for a player’s particular scouting report. So, as a further convenience, we are putting the individual scouting reports in separate posts to make individual players easier to find. You can find the full lists on our 2018 prospect page here. —CE

Kramer Robertson, SS

5’10”, 165 lbs; Bats/Throws: Right/Right

DOB: 20 September 1994

Level(s) in 2017: Peoria (Low A)

Relevant Numbers: 8.7% BB, 14.9% K, 109 wRC+, 10/14 SB

So, what’s so great about this guy?

Robertson, selected in the fourth round just this year out of LSU, brought plenty of attractive qualities to the table for the Cardinals. He was cheap, for one, being a college senior. The fact he’s a pretty interesting player is a solid bonus.

Robertson isn’t big, and he’s not flashy, and he’s probably never going to slug 25 homers in a season. However, a lot like Tommy Edman from the Cards’ 2016 draft, Robertson has plus contact ability, a control of the strike zone that should help him grind through at least the lower levels of the minors without much trouble, and tremendous baseball IQ. He is, in point of fact, exactly the sort of player people are talking about when they trot out the dreaded S word: Scrappy.

The good with Robertson is this: he has very good bat control, at least 55 speed, and I believe enough defensive ability to stay at shortstop. If he can’t hack it at short, the outlook becomes cloudier, but if he can stick there the horizon widens out quite a bit. I have my doubts Robertson will ever hit enough to hold down a starting job in the big leagues, but would it shock me to see him take over for Greg Garcia in the same way Garcia took over for Dirty Dan? No. No it would not.

If he’s good, it will look like: Yes, David Eckstein is the way-too-easy answer. And yes, that’s pretty much exactly the kind of player you’re hoping a Kramer Robertson becomes.

via 2080 Baseball:

Editor’s Note: As a bonus, here’s what Schafer said about Robertson when the Cardinals drafted him in June:

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.