Robson Laying The Foundation

Thomas Robson became one of many new members in the Blue Jays' farm system when he was selected 139th overall in this year's draft. Robson, who played ball for Delta Secondary School in British Columbia, opted to forgo college. Growing up in Canada as a Jays' fan and dreaming of one day playing in the big leagues, Robson's decision to go pro was one he described as easy.

"My decision on signing with the Blue Jays was pretty easy for me just because a, I wanted to play professional baseball, and b, the team that drafted me is the only Canadian team right now, so that's what pretty much drove me to signing," he said.

The right-hander has yet to see action in a professional baseball game, having gotten to the Blue Jays' minor league complex in Dunedin towards the end of the Gulf Coast League season. He still has been working on the side, however. During his time in Dunedin, Robson said he has taken physicals, received a workout routine and has been running, long-tossing and throwing some bullpen sessions.

GCL Pitching Coach John Wesley spoke about what he's seen from Robson so far. Wesley only got a chance to see Robson in a side session, so his knowledge on the right-handers game was limited.

"He looks fine," Wesley said. "It's hard to see talent level until you get him in a game because it's just different. I mean, I've seen guys throw sides that are awesome; then, they get in the game and they suck, or vice versa. He seems to be a smart kid. He knows what he's here for and he knows what he's doing."

The jump from the competition a pitcher faces in high school versus the competition he faces at the pro level is a big one. Robson acknowledged the difference, but also spoke about his time playing for the Canada Junior National Team in previous years. The team would come down south a few times a year to play, and even travel as far as the Dominican Republic to play internationally. Robson feels that he learned important aspects to pitching during his time with the national team.

"One thing I notice when we come down here [is] you can't just throw your fastball like you can at home. Back at home, your fastball's faster than everyone else's, but here you can't just do that —you've gotta mix up your pitches, you've gotta keep the ball low," Robson stated.

"That's something I've already done, but still have some work on, and just throwing all your pitches consistently for strikes is a key down here, so hopefully I can do that for years to come."

The next step in Robson's career is the Instructional League. Wesley explained what pitchers will be doing once reporting in the fall.

"We're basically just start laying the foundation — just going through all the bunt plays, going through our philosophy," he said. "We'll have all the new guys in one spot so it makes that way easier than when they trickle in, having to say the same thing ten different times on ten different days."

While Robson expects to attend Instructs, he looks forward to a chance to play in the World Baseball Qualifiers in late September. It would depend on Team Canada and the Jays working out a plan for Robson to go and represent his country.

"Hopefully I can because that would be a great experience," Robson said. "I went to the World Baseball Classic last year and it was the best ten days of my life, so I think just getting a taste of that and knowing that I could do that again is something I really want to do."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"My decision on signing with the Blue Jays was pretty easy for me just because a, I wanted to play professional baseball, and b, the team that drafted me is the only Canadian team right now, so that's what pretty much drove me to signing,\" he said.
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\r\nThe right-hander has yet to see action in a professional baseball game, having gotten to the Blue Jays' minor league complex in Dunedin towards the end of the Gulf Coast League season. He still has been working on the side, however. During his time in Dunedin, Robson said he has taken physicals, received a workout routine and has been running, long-tossing and throwing some bullpen sessions.
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\r\nGCL Pitching Coach John Wesley spoke about what he's seen from Robson so far. Wesley only got a chance to see Robson in a side session, so his knowledge on the right-handers game was limited.
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\r\n\"He looks fine,\" Wesley said. \"It's hard to see talent level until you get him in a game because it's just different. I mean, I've seen guys throw sides that are awesome; then, they get in the game and they suck, or vice versa. He seems to be a smart kid. He knows what he's here for and he knows what he's doing.\"
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\r\nThe jump from the competition a pitcher faces in high school versus the competition he faces at the pro level is a big one. Robson acknowledged the difference, but also spoke about his time playing for the Canada Junior National Team in previous years. The team would come down south a few times a year to play, and even travel as far as the Dominican Republic to play internationally. Robson feels that he learned important aspects to pitching during his time with the national team.
\r\n
\r\n\"One thing I notice when we come down here [is] you can't just throw your fastball like you can at home. Back at home, your fastball's faster than everyone else's, but here you can't just do that —you've gotta mix up your pitches, you've gotta keep the ball low,\" Robson stated.
\r\n
\r\n\"That's something I've already done, but still have some work on, and just throwing all your pitches consistently for strikes is a key down here, so hopefully I can do that for years to come.\"
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\r\nThe next step in Robson's career is the Instructional League. Wesley explained what pitchers will be doing once reporting in the fall.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're basically just start laying the foundation — just going through all the bunt plays, going through our philosophy,\" he said. \"We'll have all the new guys in one spot so it makes that way easier than when they trickle in, having to say the same thing ten different times on ten different days.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile Robson expects to attend Instructs, he looks forward to a chance to play in the World Baseball Qualifiers in late September. It would depend on Team Canada and the Jays working out a plan for Robson to go and represent his country.
\r\n
\r\n\"Hopefully I can because that would be a great experience,\" Robson said. \"I went to the World Baseball Classic last year and it was the best ten days of my life, so I think just getting a taste of that and knowing that I could do that again is something I really want to do.\"
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