Clint Robinson’s call up by the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t his MLB, though it may seem like it. Robinson spent four games with the Kansas City Royals in 2012.
It was then back to the minors for Robinson, where he spent the 2013 season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Robinson was with the Dodgers for Spring Training and performed well.
In 26 at-bats over 15 games, Robinson hit .308 with a .731 OPS. His play garnered him a spot in Triple-A with the Albuquerque Isotopes. Through 77 games with the Isotopes, Robinson hit .309 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs.
After Jamie Romak failed to provide the Dodgers with pop off the bench, the team looked to Robinson to provide some punch. In discussing his second tour in the majors, Robinson believes he’s better suited this time around, via Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the LA Daily News:
I feel very confident in where I’m at as a hitter right now. … I feel as complete a hitter as I ever have right now.”
Entering Sunday, Robinson has made two pinch-hit appearances since joining the Dodgers and while his services will likely constitute being a pinch-hitter, manager Don Mattingly said he may also see time at first base:
Clint’s really a guy we look at as a bat off the bench,” Mattingly said. “Maybe we’ll be able to give a day here or there to Adrian, but primarily he’s a guy who is going to pinch hit off the bench.”
Robinson has some experience in the minors in left and right field, but primarily served as a first baseman. After his pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning of Saturday’s win, Robinson remained in the game at first.
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