Former Wildcat Will Robertson Embracing Minor League Life
Stay even keel, control the controllable and travel light.
Those are some of the lessons Davidson alum Will Robertson has learned in his pro baseball career to date.
“I think I’ve definitely gotten a lot more used to it, especially with it being my second full year,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot of what works and doesn’t work, mentally especially. I think I’ve done a good job of worrying less about where I stand in the organization and controlling what I can control.”
A 30th round pick by Baltimore in 2017, Robertson is completing his second full season in the minors. He is currently playing for the Frederick Keys, the Orioles’ Class A Advanced Carolina League affiliate, and has also spent time this year with the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League.
He’s been reminded that changing rosters means changing much more than the uniform. This season, he’s lived at four residences. Once, Robertson left a host family arrangement only to return to town a few weeks later … needing to find a place to live.
The minor league life can be unpredictable, but Robertson is embracing it.
“I get to wake up and play a kid’s game every day,” he says. “I’d be crazy to complain about that.”
Robertson has been in the lineup in left field and at designated hitter. For all of 2019, he’s hitting .256 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 24 RBIs. In 32 games with Frederick, he’s hitting .230 with three home runs.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Robertson finished his college career in 2017 by leading the Wildcats to new heights, including the Atlantic 10 Conference title, a sweep of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional and an appearance in the Super Regionals at Texas A&M.
He earned All-America honors from multiple media outlets and set a number of single-season program marks as a senior, including 18 home runs, 163 total bases and a reached-base streak of 54 games.