One of our regular offseason traditions is the Exit Interview, where we look back at each player that got into a game for the St. Louis Cardinals in the past season. This is the 11th season we’ve done this and it’s a good way to get a view of the whole year, not just a short stretch of games. It’s sort of like a performance review before the players went off to their offseason work, spending a little time with Oli Marmol and going over what went right, what went wrong. Stats and grades are only for a player’s time in St. Louis, though splits numbers may include other teams. As always, my sincere thanks to the legend of cardinalsgifs for providing the header image!
Player: Kramer Robertson
Season stats: 2 G, 1 PA, 1 RBI, .000/.000/.000, -100 OPS+, -0.1 bWAR, -0.1 fWAR
Statcast: .194 xwOBA, 0.0 barrel %, 65.1 exit velocity, 0.0 hard hit %, 0.0 K %, 0.0 BB %
Best Statcast category: Max Exit Velocity (1st percentile)
Worst Statcast category: Max Exit Velocity (1st percentile)
Positives: Got a chance to make his major league debut when the Cardinals demoted Paul DeJong while Edmundo Sosa was still on the COVID list…pinch-ran on May 10, then pinch-hit in a blowout of the Orioles the next night….had nine homers in 81 games at Memphis.
Negatives: Wasn’t able to get a hit in his only major league chance….was placed on waivers the beginning of June to free up a roster spot for Zack Thompson…was claimed by the Braves but never made the majors with them before he was released and resigned by the Cardinals….was released at the end of the season for a second time.
Overview: Robertson was a fourth round pick in 2017, though that was the year they were penalized their first two picks in the whole Houston hacking scandal thing. Robertson’s mother, former Baylor and current LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, has much more star power than her son and that has always been the case. Robertson showed a few flashes here and there in the minors, but his ceiling was always going to be a bench infielder. It was nice that he finally got his cup of coffee and has a line in the history of the game but there’s no expectation we’ll ever see him again.
Outlook: Not making it in two organizations last year and already being 28 doesn’t bode well for his future, though it’s still possible someone will pick him up for minor league depth in the off-season. Hopefully he’ll eventually get another shot at the big leagues, but there’s a pretty good chance this one at bat will be the sum total of his major league experience.