On August 19th, Clint Robinson (Harrisonburg 2005-2006), playing in Triple-A for the Albuquerque Isotopes, tripled in the 8th inning against Nashville’s Rob Wooten.
This was notable not because it was (only) the 17th triple of Clint’s minor league career, but because it was his 1,000th hit in the minors since he was drafted in June of 2007.
Clint’s exploits have been well chronicled in these pages, but 1,000 hits is something special. Since the 2006 draft, no other Valley League alumnus is closer than Joey Butler (New Market 2006), who signed with a Japanese team this spring after ringing up 802 career minor league hits. The next closest active player is Tony Thomas (Harrisonburg 2005), a former teammate of Clint’s in the ‘Burg, who now has 724 career hits.
Clint, of course, isn’t done, either. He went on to have two 3-hit games since he accomplished #1,000, which, added in with his 3 major league hits, gives him 1,009 total hits in his pro career.
Robinson has been a excellent hitter his whole career, too. He’s hitting a total of 303/381/509 in 912 games and 3,325 at-bats. He has scored 528 runs, driven in 580, and hit 236 doubles, 17 triples, and 139 home runs, while his overall BB/K ratio is 404/583. I fully expect the Dodgers to call Clint back up to the major leagues come September to be another left-handed power bat off the bench, which means that Clint will most likely get to experience playoff baseball in the majors, too!