A decision to make
Nate Robertson hasn’t had time to think about his future yet.
The Colorado Mesa All-American shortstop was home for only a couple of days before heading to Minnesota to play in a collegiate summer baseball league.
He’ll have to give his future some thought now.
Robertson and Colorado Mesa teammate Tyler Dunnington were drafted by Major League Baseball teams Saturday along with Grand Junction High School’s Owen Taylor. Colorado Mesa’s Austin Kaiser, the NCAA Division II player of the year, was not drafted.
Robertson was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 27th round. The 21-year-old junior from Montrose has the option of returning for his senior season at Mesa and re-entering the draft.
“I haven’t thought about it yet,” Robertson said. “I haven’t talked to a scout yet. I’m not sure what it all entails. It’s a cool situation. Hopefully (the Diamondbacks) will give me a few days to think about it.”
Robertson hit .372 with six home runs, 47 RBI and had 24 stolen bases this past season. He had a .950 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Taylor was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays, six picks ahead of Robertson in the 27th round, but he also has options. Drafted players have until July 18 to sign.
He could sign with the Blue Jays and begin his professional career, or he could continue his amateur career and get an education at the University of Kansas. He committed to the Jayhawks a year ago.
Messages to Taylor weren’t returned Saturday. Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander isn’t sure what Taylor will decide.
Taylor hit .266 with two doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and scored 21 runs for the Tigers (14-7) this past season.
Dunnington was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals. The relief pitcher most likely will sign since he has used up his college eligibility. The 22-year-old caught the attention of scouts earlier this season when he struck out five of six Metro State batters in a relief appearance in April, mostly with 90-plus mph fastballs. He started the next weekend against Colorado Christian and picked up his first victory of the season.
Dunnington was 2-0 with a 5.65 ERA and one save in 12 appearances, including one start. He had 24 strikeouts and 12 walks in 14 1/3 innings. Dunnington had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers last Sunday, CMU coach Chris Hanks said.
Kaiser was not selected in the draft despite being chosen the NCAA Division II player of the year by three organizations, and he led the Mavericks to the national championship game.
“To me, that’s disappointing,” Robertson said of Kaiser not getting drafted. “He’s worked harder than anyone I know. He still might get a shot. He’s earned it.”
Junior pitchers Matt Delay and Dakota Behr were not picked.
Thirteen more players with ties to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series were selected on the final day.
The Colorado Rockies selected 41 players in the draft, including 22 pitchers. They drafted four catchers, 11 infielders and four outfielders.
The Rockies took 25 players from four-year schools, four from junior colleges and 12 high school players. Four of the high school players are from Colorado, as is No. 1 pick Kyle Freeland, a pitcher at the University of Evansville, who graduated from Thomas Jefferson.