HUNTSVILLE -- ​Throughout his baseball career, Robie Rojas has found a knack for proving people wrong. Now, he'll get that chance on the next level.
Rojas was selected in the 38th round with the 1,134th selection of the MLB Draft​ by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, becoming the third Bearkat to be taken in the 2017 draft and the second of the day.
The catcher was completed his college career in style, being named Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player as well as to the NCAA Lubbock Regional all-tournament team.
In 11 postseason games, including four at the league tournament, Rojas hit a team-leading .450 (18 for 40) including three home runs. The Jersey Village product added 11 RBIs and 30 total bases.
Rojas, who led the nation in 2016 with 30 runners caught stealing, adding 23 more this season but it was his performance at the plate that turned heads. The transfer from Blinn and Oklahoma State finished tied for first on the squad with seven homers and was second with a .498 slugging percentage.
Rojas, who quickly became a fan favorite through his passionate play, became the 57th player in program history to be drafted and third to be selected by the Milwaukee Brewers joining Jonathan Harraid​ (1998) and Steve Sparks (1987).
Robie Rojas on the emotions of getting drafted...
"I am at home relaxing trying to get my mind off of it. I got a call from Coach Deggs. He was the first to call. We said three or four words and the Brewers called. I almost had to hang up on coach Deggs. I have been working out these past two days to try to stay in shape to continue my career. I can't thank the Brewers enough to give me this opportunity."
Robie Rojas on his time at Sam Houston State...
"This is a top-of-the-line program. Every year there are two or three drafted. The more you win and play bigger schools you have scouts at the game. When you have the coaches like we do, they make you into a better man and a better player. The amount of growth in my game is unbelievable. There is no way I can proud it."
Head coach Matt Deggs on Rojas getting drafted...
"I am super excited for him. It's just a reminder that dynamite comes in small packages sometimes. Robie is pure dynamite. He was the host of the party for us for two years and we're not where we're at today without Robie Rojas behind the plate. He deserves this opportunity. The Brewers got themselves a really good one. Like the other guys, I would expect him to make a push to get all the way there. He will quickly, in short order, wherever they send him, become a fan favorite. There is a lot to be said for that."
Head coach Matt Deggs on Rojas...
"He's become a grown man and leader. He's become a servant leader. The best compliment I can give him is that he's the straw the stirred the drink. He always hosted the party and everyone played really hard around him."
Head coach Matt Deggs on having three players drafted...
"Those three guys are special players. I believe we have a couple other ones that deserve the opportunity to play in (Taylor) Beene and Lance Miles. There are several guys on this team that can play at the next level. I am just proud that the three guys have a chance to play and obviously my heart hurts for the other guys that didn't. I believe they are good enough to play. We'll see how that plays out."