Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome to the Blue, Clint Robinson!

The game of musical chairs continues for the Dodgers.  Announced just a moment ago, hot hitting first baseman Clint Robinson is coming up to the Dodgers, and Jamie Romak has been DFA'd.  As Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider noted, if Robinson gets into a game he'll be the 40th Dodger to play a game this season.

Nicknamed the "Alabama Hammer" (I swear I read that somewhere), it appears that Robinson's role will be as a left-handed bat off the bench.  As a first baseman, he may also provide some rest for Adrian Gonzalez.  BTW, we should expect Juan Uribe to be recalled back to Los Angeles at any time, so unless Clint creates some fireworks with the big-club I suspect he'll be with us for only a short time.  Hopefully, he'll have a chance to take an at-bat.  In 2012, Clint Robinson got a "cup of coffee" with the Royals, but did not get a hit in 4 tries.

You can follow Clint Robinson on twitter at @BatHoarder.  As Vin Scully would say, "he is a tall glass of milk."  He stands 6' 5" and weighs 225 lbs.  He originally came by way of Troy University in Alabama, and was a standout on the diamond.  In his senior year (2007) he batted .364 with 1.110 OPS, 17 HR, and a .973 fielding percentage.  Soon thereafter, he was drafted by the Royals in the 25th round and immediately stood out.  Robinson was a Pioneer League MVP, a Texas League All-Star and winner of the Mike Sweeney Award in 2009 (player that best represents the Royals organization both on and off the field).  Left off the Royals 40-man roster in 2012, he was soon traded to Pittsburgh, then claimed off of waivers by the Blue Jays in 2013 before signing as a free agent by the Dodgers this past November.

In celebration of Robinson officially becoming a Dodger today, I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photo originally taken by Jon SooHoo during Spring Training, a portrait from the website and used the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.

Per a Dodgers press release:
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.
Here are his professional stats, via Baseball Reference:

Watch Clint Robinson go big with an opposite field home run just a couple of weeks ago in the video below.

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