Robson brings speed to the game

Ontario Blue Jays center fielder Jacob Robson, a 2012 Mississippi State signee, will bring exceptional speed to the MSU baseball program during his college career.

  • Name: Jacob Robson
  • Classification: 2012
  • Position: Outfielder
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-9, 175
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right
  • High School: Vincent Massey SS (Windsor, Ontario, [Canada])
  • Summer Travel Team: Ontario Blue Jays
  • Schools of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State

    "Speed is one of my biggest strengths," said Robson when asked his strengths as a baseball player. "I run a 6.4 (seconds) sixty. You will see a lot of ground covered in the outfield, a lot of stolen bases, a lot of extra bases taken. I really take what I can on the bases and read the play and advance on plays where maybe others wouldn't."

    He also values something that Mississippi State head coach John Cohen values, the bunting game.

    "I bunt often with Team Canada and the (Ontario) Blue Jays," he said. "I have a lot of respect for and value very much the skill of bunting. I really think it's kind of an energy booster for the team. It also helps me when I'm in a slump. Just feeling the ball on the bat gives me a good feeling."

    The speed game, both offensively and defensively, as well as understanding the value of the bunting game matches exactly what John Cohen looks for in his outfielders.

    "I talk to John (Cohen) a lot and he said I'm a really good match (with what he looks for in a player)," said Robson. "While he was recruiting me I could tell he was excited about me. Then, when he came to see me play I didn't disappoint (laugh). He saw me in a double-header and I went 8-for-9."

    Robson is not a slap hitter who just uses his speed and bunting skill to get on base. He's also a very good overall hitter.

    "Hitting-wise, I hit for average but I also drive the ball. If I run into one I can take it out (of the park)," said Robson. "But mostly, I'm a gap-to-gap hitter. I usually work the count and try to see a lot of pitches. I'm the type player who will battle at the plate and put the ball in play."

    And he's a hitter who can hit the low 80s fastball or the mid 90s fastball, both of which he has seen during his career.

    "In the Canadian league that we play in we face pitchers in (the low 80s) range, and in the Dominican (when he played on Team Canada) we faced guys who throw in the low 90s to mid 90s," said Robson, who hit .430 during his week in the Dominican. "Rarely did we face a guy who threw below 90."

    He'll be facing a lot of those 90 to 90+ type pitchers when he plays at Mississippi State beginning this fall. That is if he winds up at State. Robson was drafted in the 30th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres. He talked about the options he has of either playing college baseball or turning pro.

    "My parents and I really value education and really value the experience of playing at the highest level of college ball like I will play at Mississippi State and in the SEC," said the youngster. "But my ultimate goal in life is to play professional baseball. And that's one of the reasons I chose a powerhouse (baseball program) like Mississippi State. I want to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal and going to school first and playing at such a high level is a great step to doing that. A lot of people who have played professional ball tell me go to school, get your education - even if it's only three years - then go play professional ball."

    Robson and his Ontario Blue Jays - Black 18(U) teammates played in Memphis, Tennessee the past two weeks in the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Tournament (wood bat) in front of numerous college coaches.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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