Clint Robinson (Harrisonburg 2005-06) has almost literally accomplished all he can in the minor leagues. In my short time following this league, Clint has put up, by far, the best stats, both counting and rate, of every single Valley League alumnus. At the same time, Clint has received only four at-bats in the major leagues- in 2012 with the Kansas City Royals.
Well, Clint is getting another shot at it! The Dodgers announced yesterday that they were calling Clint up from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was hitting 309/402/523 in 77 games and 285 at-bats. He also had 17 doubles, 14 home runs, and an excellent 44/59 BB/K ratio. In his last ten games, he’s hitting 417/522/611, so it seems he’s getting called up at the right time.
This is the official press release:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of first baseman Clint Robinson from Triple-A Albuquerque and designated infielder/outfielder Jamie Romak for assignment.
The left-handed Robinson batted .309 with 17 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs (T-6th, Pacific Coast League) and 56 RBI (4th, PCL) in 77 games with the Isotopes, including a .402 on-base percentage (7th, PCL) and a .523 slugging percentage. Robinson has been swinging a hot bat of late, batting .469 (15-for-32) with a double, two homers and 12 RBI in his last nine games since June 16 and hitting .357 (30-for-84) with five doubles, six homers and 21 RBI in 23 June games. Overall, the 29-year-old posted a .355/.466/.639 slashline against right-handed pitchers this season.
Robinson was a non-roster invitee at Dodger Spring Training after signing as a free agent on Nov. 18, 2013 and was originally selected by Kansas City in the 25th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, appearing in four games with the Royals in 2012 (last: June 13, 2012 vs. Milwaukee) in his only Major League action.
Romak made his MLB debut with the Dodgers on May 28 and appeared in 15 games during his call-up.
Clint will most likely be a lefthanded bat off the bench- but let’s hope that he performs well enough to stick in Los Angeles for a while!