If you pay attention to Royals news, then you probably already knew this move was coming.
In an effort to bolster their bench with some much-need left-handed power while playing in National League venues, the Royals demoted lefty Ryan Verdugo back to Omaha and promoted 1B Clint Robinson to Kansas City.
At 27 years old, C-Rob is finally getting his first shot at the big leagues. His story has been well-documented by Royals faithful. Ever since being picked in the 25th round of the 2007 draft, the former Troy University star has done nothing but hit. In 2010, while playing at Double A Northwest Arkansas, Clint hit .335 with 29 HRs en route to winning the Texas League Triple Crown. He followed that up in 2011 by .326 with 58 XBH (35 2B, 23 HR). Before his promotion, Robinson was continuing his hitting ways to the tune of .314/.418/.500 with 37 RBI and 27 XBH.
But Clint has been blocked by more highly-touted prospects all along the way like Billy Butler, Kila Ka’aihue, and this Eric Hosmer guy.
Robinson’s stay with the big league club may not last very long, for this just seems like a push for a little extra offense while on the road. The Royals have routinely carried an extra pitcher on their roster this season (and if you’ve been watching the Royals, you know exactly why).
If Clint sees any playing time in Pittsburgh this weekend, it’ll most likely be as a pich-hitter / injury replacement. This could be a terrific platform for Clint, however, to prove he belongs in the majors. If not in Kansas City, then with another big league team with a 1B/DH opening.