Since stepping on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Kramer Robertson has been a big part of the infield plans for head coach Paul Mainieri’s club. Over his first two seasons in a Tigers uniform, he played in 74 games, with 42 of those being starts. But things just didn’t always go that well for the Texas native.
As a freshman, in 47 games (30 starts), he hit .200/.339/.290, and as a sophomore, in 27 games (12 starts), he hit .232/.338/.286, more or less the same stat line as the season prior.
It would have been easy for the coaching staff to get down on him as a big part of the team’s future plans or for Kramer himself to lose some confidence in his ability to play at the highest level of college baseball, but instead, he went back to work and it paid off in a big way during his junior season of 2016.
He played in all 66 games for LSU, all starts, and hit .324/.417/.440 with 20 doubles, a 27-to-20 walk-to-strikeout ratio, and 14 stolen bases. Coming into the 2016 season, the program needed some familiar faces to step into bigger roles and take big steps forward, and Robertson very much answered that call. Furthermore, his performance was enough to get him drafted in the 32nd round of the most recent draft by the Cleveland Indians.
But rather than head off into pro baseball after his breakout season, he decided to come back for another round with the Tigers, as they push for a national title. With a starting rotation featured Jared Poche’ and Alex Lange, and an offense featuring not only Robertson, but also dynamic talents such as Cole Freeman, Antoine Duplantis, and power bats like Jordan Romero and Greg Deichmann, those are the types of aspirations that the Tigers will have going into 2017.