St. John’s star pitcher wins D.C. Gatorade honor

Jack Roberts of St. John's was The Current's baseball player of the year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2017)

St. John’s baseball star Jack Roberts was recently named the Gatorade D.C. baseball player of the year. In his senior year Roberts, who played shortstop and served as a right-handed pitcher, helped the Cadets post a 24-6 record and win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for the fourth straight year.

Roberts’ win also extended the Cadets’ streak of baseball Gatorade recipients. Cam Remalia earned the title in 2016, and A.J. Lee won it in 2015 and 2014.

“Jack Roberts was the best player for the best team in our area,” Michael Olerta, coach at Bishop Ireton, said in the May 30 news release. “Defensively he was a very strong fielder and a fantastic pitcher, as well.”

Roberts also swept local postseason awards; beyond the Gatorade honor he was The Current’s baseball player of the year and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year. The recently graduated Cadet posted terrific numbers throughout the season.

At the plate, Roberts hit at a .337 clip and launched five home runs and 26 RBIs to go along with a 1.074 OPS. On the mound, Roberts notched a 3-0 record with four saves, while allowing opposing batters a paltry .138 average with a dominant 0.64 ERA.

In addition to athletic prowess, the Gatorade award takes into account service projects and grades — two areas where Roberts also flourished.

In the community, Roberts volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs, and he completed a service mission trip in association with his church. Meanwhile, in the classroom the shortstop maintained a 3.23 GPA.
Roberts’ time on the diamond is far from over, as he heads to Elon University to suit up next spring.