Shawnee grad weighs Cardinals' offer, college

Shawnee slugger Josh Rolette has a big decision to make over the next few weeks, but he’s given himself plenty of options.

Already signed to play college baseball at both Seminole State and Kansas State University, Rolette was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Now he has a choice between college baseball or beginning his pro career in the minor leagues.

Josh’s dad, Shawnee High School assistant baseball coach David Rolette, says the double signings gives them more leverage as they deal with the Cardinals.

Going to Seminole means he is eligible to be drafted again next year, while going to KSU means having to play until he’s 21.

Rolette has until July 15 to decide whether he wants to sign with the Cardinals.

“It’s very rare that you have these kind of options,” David Rolette said. “He’s really in a good spot.”

Rolette, who batted .495 with 9 home runs and 54 RBIs in leading the Wolves to the 5A state title in May, is the sixth MLB draft pick in school history. The last was Don Powers, who was drafted in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2002 draft and again by the Colorado Rockies while at Seminole State in 2003.

Rolette was the second Oklahoma high schooler selected after Carl Albert’s Corey Zangari was selected in the sixth round by the Chicago White Sox.

“It’s been very stressful for me and his mother,” David Rolette said. “[Josh] seemed very calm about it.”