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2019 MLB Draft Offseason Profile: Will Robertson, OF, Creighton

A lefty-hitting college bat with prodigious power, Robertson has a skillset with universal appeal.

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Measureables

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 210 lbs.

Bats/throws: L/L

Age: 21.5 yrs.

Class: 4YR Jr.

Overview

Creighton hasn’t produced a ton of major-league talent as a program- save for all-time great Bob Gibson who attended on a basketball scholarship- with its most notable recent products including Ty Blach, Pat Venditte and Darin “Babe” Ruf. Junior outfielder Will Robertson appears poised to be the first product to be selected in the top five rounds since the aforementioned Blach, and could potentially become the highest Jay drafted since Alan Benes went in round one in 1993.

As a freshman in 2017, the previously unheralded Robertson announced his arrival by starting in all 49 games- the first Creighton freshman to do so since Ruf- and hitting .272 with fifteen extra base hits, earning him freshman All-American honors and a second-team All-Big East nod. Building on a strong debut, Robertson erupted in 2018 and led CU across the board in offense with a .333/.412/.641 slash line, 12 home runs (out of 33 extra base hits), 17 walks and 31 strikeouts. While his plate discipline numbers leave a bit to be desired, Robertson was hitting everything- and hard- and aren’t indicative of a free-swinging approach on their own. Following his outstanding sophomore campaign, Robertson headed out to the Cape Cod League with the Cotuit Kettleers, where he showed well and ranked among the league’s best hitters statistically with a .300/.380/.435 slash in 192 PAs and 4 home runs with wood bats.

Robertson is broadly built with a fairly maxed-out frame. His swing has a relatively long, power-oriented path with above-average bat speed. He doesn’t look like a future batting champ, but gets the barrel to the ball decisively and generates a lot of pop with his lower half. From the limited looks I have had, he seems to cover the plate well, and has the look of a potential heart-of-the-order bat as he refines his approach. His power should earn plus grades from most all evaluators. In the field, he may provide less value but has a chance to handle right field, or first base should his range prove lacking. At either spot, the pop in his bat projects to carry him.

Typically, Omaha only becomes a focus for scouts when the College World Series gets underway, but in 2019 Robertson will serve as a season-long attraction at Jays home games. The young outfielder has already proven his capabilities as a hitter for power early in his college career, and if he can quiet concerns about his future defensive home and hone his approach, he will be one of the most talked about players in the college game as the 2019 draft approaches.

Projected Draft Round

Most outlets list Robertson among the best college position prospects in the class, typically just outside of first-round range. He projects as a day one selection, if not a first-rounder.

Does he fit with Houston?

I’m not sure Robertson is the prototypical Luhnow selection given his statistical profile, but his powerful, experienced bat should make him a consideration for Houston should he be on the board for their first couple of picks.

MLB Player Comparison

A prototypical corner bat, there is no shortage of players to whom Robertson could be compared. An easy comp would be someone like Jay Bruce.

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Robertson’s first name was listed as Jonathan on CCBL materials, and Will most everywhere else, to avoid confusion.