Robinson Likely To Go Pro Baseball Route

Florida football signee Derrick Robinson is a very blessed young man. He has lethal speed and big time potential in two sports. The all state performer is also one of the most humble, forthright persons that you'll ever meet. It's a shame that we probably won't see him in the Florida program.

As you know, Robinson is a fantastic baseball prospect who caught major league scouts attention with a record setting laser timed run of 6.19 in the sixty during a Perfect Game USA camp. Several scouts have said that is the fastest time they have ever seen run by a player. The truth is that Derrick Robinson would probably be the fastest player in Major League Baseball if he were ready to suit up today.

"I've worked out for six or seven teams so far," Robinson said. "I'll be working out for several more teams before the draft. I have a workout scheduled on the 23rd in Atlanta with the Phillies. I've been told that as the draft draws near, I can expect to get a better idea of who is interested in me. They really don't say too much when they're working me out. They're just there to work you out and see what you can do."

"Except my speed," he said with a grin. "A lot of them do say something about my speed though."

No kidding. His 4.25 forty, certainly got the attention of the Florida football coaches. Robinson's athleticism and ability to run, coupled with an immediate need at cornerback was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Gators to extend an offer. Unfortunately, I don't believe that he'll ever make the walk from The Swamp to the Florida Proving Grounds.

His speed earned him instant celebrity in the baseball world. However, it's the many required tools of the trade that have major league baseball scouts drooling.

Robinson is a leadoff hitter who switch-hits. He has demonstrated patience at the plate and possesses good bat control which has often helped him get on base where he can pressure the opposition with his speed. Robinson is also a tremendous defensive player who has turned many presumed singles into routine outs, again, courtesy of that blazing speed. He also has a strong and accurate arm that coupled with his speed, should keep coaches alert in the box.

Offensively, Robinson hit .488 as a senior. He legged out 42 stolen bases. He also added five triples, seven doubles, and a home run this season. Despite being a switch hitter, he said that he only hit four or five times from the right side this season because of seeing so many right-handed pitchers. As a junior, he hit .359, stole 36 bases, and scored 24 runs. Robinson set a Blue Wave record 48 stolen bases as a sophomore.

Like the other Florida signees, Robinson has tremendous character. He has spent countless hours working in the cages and on the field preparing to be the best baseball player that he can be. He is coachable. Off of the field, Robinson says that he really doesn't do much. He has always been an exemplary citizen and spends a lot of time with family. Robinson said that if he does indeed make it to the big leagues he has a goal. He wants to help finance a renowned youth sports park complete with batting cages.

"I want to take care of my family," he said. "That is one of the biggest factors in my decision. If I get an offer that is fair, then I'll do what I have to do to take care of my family. College tuition is something that is included in major league contracts by the organizations, so I'll still be able to take advantage of school."

He's been labeled by many a "can't miss prospect." However, if major league baseball somehow misses out on Robinson, Gator fans will most certainly take their seat in The Mac to see the fastest player in Florida baseball history.


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