Roberts Taken by Oakland in 26th Round of 2011 MLB Draft
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NEW YORK – Former Keydet shortstop Sam Roberts (Prince George, Va.) has been drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft, which took place Tuesday via conference call.

“I’m very excited, and this is a great feeling,” said Roberts. “I actually didn’t know until my brother (former Keydet Mike) called me, and then the Oakland scout called five minutes later. I had some contact with Oakland, but didn’t know they would take me there. I’m very glad to be going to a system with a VMI player in it, and the Athletics have obviously been pleased with the success they’ve had taking VMI players in the past.”

Roberts left VMI as the program’s all-time leader in hits, walks and runs scored, concluding his career by playing 194 straight games, which ranked as the ninth-longest streak in Division I at the time. He was First Team All-Big South this past season, as well as a two-time conference Player of the Week. He also earned an ECAC Player of the Week honor and was tabbed for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s All-Star Lineup on another occasion.

On the mound, he spent time as both a starter and reliever, and left Lexington tied for eighth on the program’s career saves list. Roberts was initially announced as a pitcher during the draft, but that designation was planned to be switched to shortstop during Oakland’s next pick.

This marks the seventh straight year in which VMI has had a player selected in the MLB draft, and the third time in four years that a player was chosen by Oakland. Trey Barham, a 25th round pick of the Athletics in the 2008 draft, remains in the team’s system and is currently pitching for Double-A Midland.