James Roberts Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th Round of the 2013 MLB Draft|
June 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Junior infielder James Roberts was selected by the Cleveland Indians as the 441st pick overall in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS), who was drafted in the 42nd round by the San Francisco Giants in 2010, came to school and improved his stock, hitting 295 through 166 games in a Trojan uniform. He impressively started 165 of those 166 games, driving in 67 runs with five home runs and 24 doubles.
As a junior in 2013, Roberts shifted from shortstop to third base, also playing some first base when needed. He hit .320 and led the team with 38 RBIs and four home runs. He slugged .429 and walked 15 times to just 17 strikeouts. He started 55 of 56 games this past season.
The Indians drafted Roberts as a shortstop, making him the 16th Trojan shortstop taken in the draft since 1965. He is the sixth Trojan drafted by the Indians. The last was pitcher Andrew Triggs, who was taken in 2010 in the fourth round, however, he decided to return to school. Prior to that, Anthony Lunetta was drafted as a second baseman in the ninth round of the 2003 draft.