Clint Robinson signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers last November and was assigned to Triple-A. The 29-year-old had a surprisingly strong showing in the spring, hitting .308 with a home run. He began the year with the Albuquerque Isotopes before being called up to the big leagues in late June.
It was Robinson’s second stint in the big leagues after spending four games with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. He spent nine games with the Dodgers, recording three hits in nine at-bats and driving in two runs. Robinson struck out just once in 10 plate appearances and had a .400 on-base percentage. On July 2, Robinson started his only game at first base and went 0-for-3. He was designated for assignment on July 10 and remained with the Isotopes for the rest of the season.
With the Isotopes, Robinson enjoyed a solid season. He hit .312 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs in 119 games. He struck out just 84 times in 499 plate appearances.
Robinson’s moment this season came in a big situation that also happened to be his first hit in the major leagues. In the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 30, Robinson pinch-hit for Dan Haren with runners on the corners and two outs in a 0-0 game. He worked a full count before grounding a single up the middle to score the game’s first and only run. The Dodgers end up winning the game 1-0 thanks to Robinson.
With the season over, Robinson will become a free agent. The Dodgers may decide to bring him back in Triple-A and provide some depth at the first base position. He showed an ability to make contact in the spring and in his short time with the Dodgers, meaning he could find a better opportunity somewhere else for a chance to be on a big league roster.