Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2008 Bowman, Clint Robinson

#BCP221 Clint Robinson

Here is a card that I got signed in Wilmington, Delaware at a Carolina League playoff game in 2009. You can read more about that trip to Delaware in my Kent Sakamoto post that I did earlier this month.

Clint played in the Royals system for six seasons and did well at every level. At the Blue Rocks game I attended, he got the player of the year trophy. The next season in AA, he hit 41 doubles, 29 home runs, and had 98 RBI. In AAA in 2011, he hit the 100 RBI plateau while posting a .326 batting average.

The only reasons why Clint never got a shot in Kansas City were because of Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler. Eric was the golden boy first round pick at first base while Billy was the seasoned vet that could only hit who had designated hitter role locked down. So, the Royals traded Clint to the Pirates after the 2011 season for a pair of players that would never wear Royal Blue.

Clint never made it with the Pirates, but he did play two full seasons in the Bigs with the Nationals in 2015-16. In his first season, he .272 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 126 games. In 2016, he was mainly used as a pinch hitter and his same numbers dropped to .235, 5, and 26 with 113 less at-bats. Clint would go on to spend all of 2017 in AAA before calling it a career after the season.

For his career, he was a .257 hitter with 15 home runs and 62 RBI.

Here is a below average photo of Clint about to receive his player of the year award in 2009.

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