Sunday, January 3, 2010

Top Prospects #35: Clint Robinson

#35 Clint Robinson

Age: 24
HT/WT: 6-4/225
Pos: 1B
Bats/Throws: L/L
Drafted: 25th Round, Pick 756 in 2007 Rule IV Draft
College: Troy

Robinson has progressed one stop at a time as a member of the Royals organization and when that comes after being drafted as a college senior that typically doesn't make you much of a prospect. However, I am a big Clint Robinson fan and the guy has hit at stop. While he didn't have a jaw dropping stat line this season in Wilmington he did nearly win the Carolina league batting title even though he put up a sub .300 average. That should be taken not as a dis on the hitters in the league this past season but instead as another piece of evidence that the Carolina League is extremely hard on hitters.

For his minor league career Robinson has put up a triple slash of .295/.356/.497 in three stops: Idaho Falls, Burlington, and Wilmington. The latter of the two are both full season and known to favor pitchers. Unfortunately Robinson remains old for his league and I doubt the organization views him as much of a prospect. He is a guy that is going to constantly have to prove himself, because any sort of prolonged slump could put whatever optimism that the organization has in him in jeopardy. Robinson should have been penciled in as Northwest Arkansas' opening day first baseman, however, it appears as though he will have to share time with minor league free agent Ernesto Mejia. Although I like Mejia as a minor league free agent, I am somewhat disappointed that Robinson will most likely have to split time with him at first base for a potentially prospect loaded Naturals team.

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