George County baseball star Walker Robbins signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, his father confirmed.
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Jim Callis of MLB.com was the first to report the news, saying that the deal is worth $450,000. Robbins, a Mississippi State signee, was picked by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the MLB Draft last week as the 166th selection overall. The slot value for pick No. 166 this year was $315,600.
Robbins said last week after he was selected that he planned to sign with the Cardinals.
Robbins was listed by the Cardinals as an outfielder with his selection during last week's draft, but he excelled as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman for George County.
Robbins batted .477 with three homers and 16 RBIs as a senior. On the pitcher's mound, Robbins was 8-2 in 13 appearances with 0.67 ERA. He struck out 110 batters in 72 2/3 innings and had a pair of no-hitters this past season.
Robbins led George County to the Class 5A state title series in 2015 and Class 6A state title series in 2016, coming up short against Oxford and Madison Central both seasons.
Robbins will join his older brother, Mason, in the minor leagues. Mason Robbins, who played at Southern Miss, is batting .300 with a pair of homers and 19 RBIs as a left fielder for the Class-A Winston-Salem (N.C.) Dash in the Chicago White Sox system.