Sooner Or Later, It's Baseball For Robinson

Next Tuesday, P.K. Yonge All-American Derrick Robinson will sit at the computer hoping to hear his name called early. With less than five days before the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft (June 6-7), the prep baseball All-American patiently waits, counting his many blessings. Regardless of his position in the draft he understands that the outcome is inevitable.

Professional baseball --- now or later.

Certainly, Robinson would prefer to help his family now but the speedster (timed at 6.19 seconds over 60 yards at a Major League Baseball Combine, the fastest time ever recorded) still speaks as though he's perfectly content if he doesn't get the early call or financial commitment from the team that selects him. His path would be bright and just a few blocks away --- the University of Florida campus where he's part of the Gators' 2006 football signing class.

His days at Florida would be much busier juggling classes, football, and baseball but his family, including the brothers that he credits for helping to mold into the person that he is today, would be able to see him on a much more daily basis.

"My family has always attended church together," Robinson said. "I've learned not to put my trust in man, but to trust in God. So, I'm not worried. I'm ready to get it over, but I'm just not real anxious about it. I won't get real excited about it because you never know what might happen. You have to be prepared for everything. I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen."

Robinson said that he'll be at his Gainesville home watching the draft online with a few friends and family. There will be no parties. No big plans. It will just be another typical day at home. Well, almost.

"My mom will be praying," he said laughing. "She doesn't have to tell me and I don't have to ask. I just know that she will. She'll be fine though. My family will be hoping for the best. I've had a few friends say that they're pulling for me, but that's it."

He recently returned from Sebring where he participated in the All-Star Classic (May 25-27). In those two games, the center fielder went two for six with a run batted in. He turned down an opportunity to play in another all-star game in New Mexico that was slated for next week. To date, Robinson was able to recall working out for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Washington Nationals. Only the Rockies and Royals worked him out in Gainesville though.

"I probably won't get any information until maybe a day or two before the draft, if then," he said. "I'm hoping that I can go in the first three rounds. But, if not, that's okay."

Especially when you have options.

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