PHOENIX, Ariz. — Washington College baseball student-athlete Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility after signing a professional contract with the Texas Rangers organization Wednesday. Robertson will be assigned to the Rangers' Arizona League (AZL) Rookie League-level affiliate as a pitcher.
Robertson spent most of his collegiate baseball career as a catcher, but injuries forced him out of that role earlier this spring. The Washington College baseball coaching staff, specifically pitching coach Pat Lemmo, helped transition Robertson to pitcher, a position he had spent minimal time playing since his youth. Robertson made four relief appearances for the Shoremen this spring, striking out six batters in three and two-thirds innings of work while allowing just one earned run. He recorded two saves and one loss.
"Coach Lemmo supplied me with a good baseline for the basic fundamentals of pitching and helped me to begin developing a slider and change-up," notes Robertson.
Robertson continued to develop his pitching with the Seacoast (N.H.) Mavericks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) earlier this summer. He made four relief appearances for the Mavericks, striking out six batters and walking none while allowing one earned run in four innings of work. He also tallied one save for the Mavericks. Robertson credits the Mavericks' coaching staff for his continued improvement.
"Coaches Dave Hoyt and Jhonneris Mendez worked with me a lot to try to put me in a position to move onto the next level," adds Robertson. "Upon my arrival, they taught me different grips and arm slots to help further the development of a second pitch - a slider - that Coach Lemmo laid down a great baseline for. They also worked on my delivery to simplify it and help me locate my pitches better."
Robertson was a career .292 hitter for the Shoremen, leading them this past spring with a .333 batting average. His strong arm was on display behind the plate as he threw out 38 of 100 would-be base stealers during his collegiate catching career, including 20 of 50 over his final two seasons.
The AZL Rangers are slated to open their season this Sunday against the AZL Royals.