A couple well-placed and well-informed sources in the Mariners organization have confirmed that Trayvon Robinson will be called up from Triple A Tacoma on Friday. He will join the Mariners in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Earlier today, the Mariners optioned outfielder Greg Halman, who had been struggling and not seeing consistent playing time, back to Triple A Tacoma.
Robinson has been with the Rainiers for only a handful games, having come to the organization from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team trade that sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox.
Robinson was born in South Central Los Angeles and was a high school standout at Crenshaw High School. The Dodgers selected him in the 10th round of the 2005 draft.
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He was rated as the Dodgers 10th best prospect coming into this season by Baseball America. He's put together an outstanding season in his first year of Triple A. In 100 games with Albuquerque, he hit .293 with nine doubles, six triples, 26 homers and 71 RBI. He has a .375 OBP and .563 slugging percentage. He has struck out 122 times in 368 at-bats. But if you watch him, he's not up there hacking uncontrollably like Carlos Pegeuro.
From the story I wrote for Tuesday's paper on Robinson.
“Anything is possible and nothing is impossible,” he said. “Especially when you’re growing up in L.A. like that, you always think, ‘Oh gosh, it’s too hard or it’s never going to happen.’ But anything can happen. Look at Darryl Strawberry, look at Eric Davis, Look at all those big-time guys. Anything can happen.”
I'm not sure what Robinson's role will be for certain. He can play left field and center field. He is a good base runner and a switch hitter. Realistically, it would suit him best to play every day. But he will have to find time with Casper Wells and Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Carp. Though it appears Mike Carp will be DHing and playing first base with Justin Smoak banged up.
Realistically, Robinson might struggle initially. This is his first year of Triple A. But he's talented, he's athletic and he earned this chance.