Photos: LSU defeats Rice 5-2, will host Super Regional _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson (3) carries a sign bearing his name during the team's victory lap following Game 7 of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional between LSU and Rice, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. The Tigers' won 5-2.


First Team-All SEC shortstop Kramer Robertson, who broke out for the most consistent season of his three-year LSU career, will return for a fourth.

Robertson, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round of last week’s MLB Draft, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.

The Midway, Texas product who began the year at second base before switching to shortstop, Robertson fielded .948 while developing as the Tigers’ most reliable clutch hitter.

One of three Tigers with more than 80 hits, Robertson hit .324 with 20 doubles and 39 RBI while starting all 66 games.

Robertson was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the nation’s best shortstop. LSU coach Paul Mainieri lauded Robertson’s progress and maturation throughout the breakout season

The Tigers now await decisions of four other drafted players — Jared Poche, Cole Freeman, Parker Bugg and Jesse Stallings. Greg Deichmann told The Advocate on Monday he will return for his junior season while Riley Smith announced he’ll sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jake Fraley, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 77 overall pick Thursday, told The Advocate that night he planned to forgo his senior season and sign professionally.