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Christopher William Roberson

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Outfielder Chris Roberson, the son of an NBA player, was picked in the 9th round of the 2001 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was signed by scout Scott Ramsey and initially assigned to the GCL Phillies, batting .248/.336/.323. Roberson hit .276/.377/.369 for the 2002 Batavia Muckdogs. In 2003, Chris put up a .234/.331/.309 season for the Lakewood Blue Claws but began to exhibit some impressive speed - 59 steals in 75 tries. He led the South Atlantic League in steals that year and also had the most putouts (323) of any outfielder.

Roberson only stole 16 of 28 in 2004 for the Clearwater Threshers while hitting .307/.371/.473. He made the Florida State League All-Star team as a utility outfielder. He fractured his left leg in July and missed the rest of the year. In '05, Chris continued to advance one level per year and hit .311/.365/.465 with 34 steals in 48 tries for the Reading Phillies. He hit 15 homers and scored 90 runs, but struck out 112 times. His 320 putouts led Eastern League outfielders and he paced the EL in runs (90), at-bats (553) and hits (172). He was third in the EL in average behind Randy Ruiz and Mike Jacobs and made the league All-Star team. He was named the EL Rookie of the Year.

Roberson has spent most of 2006 with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons. As of August 7, he is hitting .293/.350/.367 with 25 steals in 34 tries but just 1 homer. He also got his first major-league time with the 2006 Phillies, batting .174/.174/.174 in 23 AB.

Roberson was named MVP of the 2014 Caribbean Series, playing for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, representing the Mexican Pacific League. He went 10 for 27 as the winners' leadoff man, adding a pair of homers. His second one, hit off Kanekoa Texeira of the Indios de Mayagüez, broke a scoreless tie in the 6th inning of the final game on February 8th. The Naranjeros went on to score five more runs that inning and won the game, 7-1. He had been a member of Mexico's Caribbean Series teams in 2010 Caribbean Series and from 2012 to 2014. He was the first American to be named Series MVP since Matt Stark in 1997 (also for a Mexican squad).

Roberson's father Rick played 7 seasons in the NBA.

Primary sources: 2002-2006 Baseball Almanacs

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