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Robertson killed in auto accident
06/01/2010 1:00 PM ET
Former Zephyrs pitcher Jeriome Robertson died on Saturday following a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Exeter, California. He was 33.

Robertson lost control of his 2007 Yamaha Warrior while making a turn at 70 mph.

A 24th-round selection of the Houston Astros out of Union High School in 1995, Robertson reached Triple-A New Orleans in 2000, making nine starts for the Zephyrs. He spent 2001 at Class AA Round Rock, before returning for a second stint with the Z's in 2002, and turned in one of the best seasons in team history.

Robertson went 12-8 in 27 starts that year, posting a 2.55 ERA that still stands as the best single-season ERA in New Orleans history. He was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star for his efforts, and received his first promotion to the Majors in September, making his big league debut on September 2.

He earned a spot in the Astros' starting rotation out of spring training in 2003, and went on to lead all Major League rookies and set the Astros' franchise record for a rookie with 15 wins. Robertson finished seventh in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

After stints in the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets organizations, Robertson finished his career playing in Taiwan and Mexico, as well as the independent Atlantic League.

"He always had a fire for baseball as long as I knew him," Robertson's high school coach, Steve Garver, told the Visalia Times-Delta. "Even when he'd come back, he would always stop by and come out to practice. He was great with the kids. He always wanted to help out and do whatever he could for the high school kids."

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