University of Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced that Meridian Community College infielder Kenny Roberts (Meridian, Miss.) will join the Crimson Tide, beginning with the 2012 campaign. Roberts will come to the Capstone in the fall of 2011 after completing two seasons as a starting middle infielder for the Eagles.
"Kenny has been an outstanding player at the junior college level," Gaspard said. "We expect that he will make an immediate impact, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball at Alabama. He comes from a school (Meridian CC) that plays against quality competition, where he has excelled as a run-producing infielder."
In his two seasons at MCC, Roberts has appeared in more than 70 games, producing a career batting average of .417 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI and 87 runs scored.
This season, Roberts has a .436 (68-for-156) average with 11 home runs, 46 RBI and 49 runs scored. Additionally, Roberts has 18 doubles and four triples for a .814 slugging percentage, helping his team post a 27-17 overall record so far this season. He currently ranks seventh nationally in home runs, 15th in RBI and 27th in batting average in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) statistical rankings.
As a freshman, Roberts appeared in 31 games and posted a .391 average in 2010. He finished his first year at MCC with nine home runs, 36 RBI, scored 38 runs, and had eight doubles and a pair of triples. Following his first collegiate season in 2010, he was an all-region selection.
Roberts prepped at Meridian High School where he was the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player following his senior season. During his senior season in 2009, he posted a .511 average with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. He was a high school all-state selection in Mississippi following the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Roberts joins a class of eight players that signed with Alabama during the early signing period in November. The eight players that committed to UA in the fall were A.J. Cole (Huntsville, Ala.), Windham Jackson (Grove Hill, Ala.), Ben Moore (Cullman, Ala.), Cameron Carlisle (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Jonathan Keller (Maylene, Ala.), Taylor Guilbeau (Zachary, La.), Jake Hubbard (Birmingham, Ala.), and Ian Gardeck (Hills, Ill.).