Notre Dame's Robichaux drafted by Reds
CROWLEY – Day 1 and Day 2 of the Major League Baseball Draft went by with no phone calls and the third day of the annual event appeared headed the same way for Notre Dame standout pitcher Austin Robichaux.
That is until the Cincinnati Reds dialed his number.
The hard-throwing right hander, who many expected to go on the second day (between Rounds 2-30) of the draft, was finally taken off the board by the Reds in the 50th and final round (1,524 overall).
“It’s been a real hectic three days around here,” said Robichaux. “You know, thinking you’re going to see your name and then waiting and waiting and waiting. But I can’t even describe the feeling, when I saw it pop up.”
Robichaux admitted that he was discouraged when his name wasn’t called Tuesday.
But his Facebook status immediately following his selection said it all – “Better late than never!”
“Yeah, it was a little discouraging,” said Robichaux. “I knew I would drop back a little because of my signability and most of them thinking it would take a whole lot to get me away from UL. We knew we were going to slide, but eventually they called my name and it’s an indescribable feeling.”
The UL-Lafayette signee is a two-time All-Stater for the Pios and finished his senior campaign with a 10-1 record. He gave up just 28 hits while striking out 98 in 75 innings and finished the year with a mind blowing .37 ERA.
Robichaux said the Reds will follow him during summer baseball and make an offer towards the end of the summer.
ULL signee Chaz Hebert, a Breaux Bridge graduate and Class 4A All-State selection, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 27th round (839 overall).
The Cajuns also had junior outfielder Alex Fuselier taken in the draft as well as senior pitcher T.J. Geith
Fuselier,was taken in the 21st round by the Pirates (632 overall) while Geith was taken in Round 39 (1,200 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.