Friday, July 16, 2010

Beau Brooks Moving Up; Robinson Still Slugging

Former Trojan catcher Beau Brooks got word this week that he is being promoted to the Class AA Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League by the Angels.

Brooks has spent most of this season with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League, but also got in one game with the Class AAA team in Salt Lake City, delivering a double and scoring twice.

Brooks will make his debut tonight for the Travelers and is playing in the same league as former teammate Clint Robinson.

Speaking of Robinson, the Dothan native has been on quite a run of late. After being named the Texas League Player of the Month for June, hitting a home runs in the league All-Star Game, and putting together a league-record 21-game hit streak, he also earned league Player of the Week for July 5-11.

Robinson stands right at the top of the Texas League in virtually every offensive category: Average (3rd), Doubles (1st), Extra Base Hits (1st), Runs (1st), Slugging (2nd), On-Base Pct. (3rd), RBI (3rd) and Homers (3rd).

Robinson saw his hit streak come to an end on Tuesday at Corpus Christi, but is hitting .318 with 30 doubles, three triples, 18 homers and 61 RBI in 85 games.

Unfortunately for Robinson, he is blocked at first base in the Royals organization by a young star, Billy Butler, on the big league team. His best hope to get to the Majors in the next year or so is to get traded to another organization.

Robinson and the Naturals host Springfield for a four-game series this weekend before heading to Little Rock on Monday to open a series against Brooks and the Travelers.

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