The Clint Robinson era has officially begun. The 27 year old lumberjack has been a message board favorite for a couple years now. If you don’t know who he is, then you must have a very fulfilling life and I’m very jealous. Clint is the token Calvin Pickering/Kila Ka’aihue mold. The guy who crushes it in AAA, inspires fans, and then ultimately disappoints when they get their chance in the majors.
Ok, I got a little ahead of myself on Clint, but I’m assuming the past will be repeated. Clint OPS’d 1.035 in AA in 2010 and .935 in AAA last year. He has plus power and he can take a walk. He is also big, slow, and uses a frying pan for a glove. His era will likely last 12 days and end when we return from our interleague road trip. He will be used as a pinch hitter in NL road games and may get a courtesy start at home against the Cardinals on a Sunday game. It’s a good roster move to get a left handed bat with pop on the bench for the sub heavy NL slate.
I’m always happy for a guy when he gets his first promotion. A nice reward for a guy who has done nothing but hit for his 6 years in the minors. I’m sure it’s tough being down on the farm for so long when you play at a decent level. I assume guys get nervous they’ll be the next Crash Davis. Shacking up with some crazy redhead townie that becomes your swing doctor… I’m sure Clint can relate. Let’s get serious, with Butler and Hosmer, there isn’t room for this guy. Maybe he can mash a few bombs in his stint and generate some trade interest from Billy Beane or some saber nerd GM who might be gay for his BB/K rate. He could get a shot as a DH for OAK or TB. Good luck Clint.
In other news, Salvador Perez (I refuse to call him Salvy like Bob Dutton and Ned Yost) made his rehab debut last night and went 2-4 with a double. Wil Myers hit his 21st HR of the season. In his combined season between AA and AAA he is now slashing .335/.398/.726. Yes, a 1.125 OPS. Don’t worry though, Soren Petro still wants us to trade him. Oh, and Odorizzi struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings. He has now had 5 outings now in AAA. Three were awesome, one was good, one was ok. Pretty good night on the farm. Royals minor leaguers giving us hope for the future and making me forget that our current rotation is Hochevar, Mazzaro, Chen, Adcock, Smith? You better believe it.
Exit Question: Who would rather be stranded on a desert island with, Wil Myers or Jake Odorizzi?