Friday, August 13, 2010

Time for C-Rob to get a promotion

If the Kansas City Royals organization does not sit up and take notice of former Trojan Clint Robinson, it is certainly not because C-Rob isn’t producing on the field.
After being named the Texas League player of the month for June, the player of the week for the first week of July, and hitting a home run in the Texas League all-star game, Robinson is on a tear again.

The Dothan native has hit safely in his last nine games, but it is over the last five games this week that he has really gotten hot. Over that five game stretch he has nine hits in 19 at bats, with the six of those hits leaving the park.

Robinson has homered in each of the last five games, including two on Thursday night, and has driven in 13 runs over that stretch for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Class AA affiliate of the Royals.

For the season Robinson is hitting .316 with 24 homers and 80 RBI. He also has 34 doubles.

It is certainly time for him to at least get a call up to Omaha. If the Royals don’t have plans for him, they need to try to trade him.

More Minor League Updates

With the middle of August on us and most people in Alabama focused on football practice, there are still plenty of Trojans fanned out across the country playing baseball.

Here are some updates.

Mike Rivera, Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) – Rivera got moved from Class AA Chattanooga by the Dodgers when Russell Martin was placed on the DL and lost for the season by the big-league club. In five games in Albuquerque he is hitting just .176 with a homer and an RBI in five games. He was hitting .257 for the Lookouts in 58 games with a pair of homers and 22 RBI.

Beau Brooks, Arkansas Travelers (AA) – After a second short stint with the AAA club in Salt Lake City, Brooks has played 12 games in Little Rock. He is hitting just .189 with no homers and three RBI in AA. His combined stats for the year, from three teams, are not great, but the Angels are very high on him. In 70 games this year he is hitting .163 with three homers and 21 RBI.

Chris Sorce, Everett AquaSox (A) – Sorce continues to shine as a starting pitcher. He has a 5-2 record in 10 starts with a 4.03 ERA. He has won his last two starts, during which he has allowed just five earned runs in 14.0 innings. He struck out a season-high nine in his last outing and has 48 strikeouts in 58.0 innings of work this year.

Chase Whitley, Staten Island Yankees (A) – Whitley has been as dominating for the Baby Bombers this summer as he was for the Trojans last spring. He has appeared in 22 games, all in relief, and has a 4-2 record with a 1.69 ERA with 11 saves. He has recorded 36 strikeouts in 26.2 innings of work.

Ryan Ditthardt, GCL Astros (Rookie) – After getting off to a fast start, Ditty has settled into a nice pace with the Astros. In 29 games he has a .322 average with a homer and eight runs batted in. He also has five doubles and a triple.

Jason Walls, AZL Giants (Rookie) – Walls has made 10 total appearances this summer, all in what looks to be a set-up role. He is 2-0 but has a 5.40 ERA. He has nine strikeouts in 10 innings of work.

Steven Felix, AZL Brewers (Rookie) – Felix has seen action in just six games as a catcher since getting to Arizona. He is hitting just .111 with no homers and three RBI.

Adam Godwin, New Jersey Jackals (I) – Since joining the independent Jackals in the Can-Am League, Godwin has been the teams’ best player. He leads the active roster with a .352 batting average and has three homers and 20 RBI in just 26 games. He also has five doubles and three triples and, of course, is stealing bases. He has swiped eight bags in 10 attempts.

Josh Dew, Chico Outlaws (I) – Dew has continued to pitch well after his Golden League All-Star game appearance. He is 4-1 on the season with one save and a 3.31 ERA. He has 40 strikeouts in 38 innings of work. In addition, he is also hitting .500 (4-for-8) with four walks and three runs scored.

Dew is getting a chance to see more of the west coast than I am sure he ever imagined he would. The Outlaws play in the North Division of the Golden League. The other four teams in his division are in Canada. The league’s south division includes teams in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Tijuana, Mexico.

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