Scouting Blue Jays Prospect #35: Tom Robson

The Toronto Blue Jays selected right-handed pitcher Tom Robson in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Delta Secondary School in Candada. He has yet to make his official professional debut and his exposure has been limited to just Instructs, but he says he's heading into his first season very confident and he offers the Blue Jays some significant long-term upside.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Tom Robson
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: June 27, 1993
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

"I thought it went pretty well," Robson said of Instructs. "Obviously it was my first taste of what pro ball would be like and I got to know a few of the guys and most of the coaches pretty well so overall I thought it went pretty good.

"I thought I performed pretty well so I'm heading into the new [season] expecting the most and hopefully it will be a good year."

Not known as a hard thrower quite yet, it's his combination of secondary pitches and ability to mix his pitches for strikes that stood out during Instructional League camp this offseason.

"I was there to just pitch but they mentioned there might be a few things I need to work [on] with my mechanics this spring. That will probably be in Spring Training when they introduce those to me. I don't really know what they are yet but they told me there were a few things that maybe we'll change."

Still in the evaluation phase since he is so new to the organization, while he has yet to make any changes to his game and still hasn't thrown in an official minor league game, he feels he stacks up pretty well to the competition already.

"I feel pretty well because I already have quite a few innings against pro teams just because of Team Canada," he said confidently. "Every October, April and May we faced pro hitters. In April and October we go to Orlando and we train at the Atlanta Braves complex, and we play ten or eleven games against pro teams down there.

"I got quite a few innings with that team against pro hitters and I felt I did pretty well. I don't think it will be a big surprise to me but I do think I fit in pretty well and I think I'll be able to compete pretty well."

Unsure of what changes he may be asked to make as he enters his first Spring Training in 2012, Robson already knows what his main goals are for his debut season.

"I just want to be more consistent with everything with all of my pitches and throwing strikes," he said. "I don't want to go out there one day and be lights out one day and get lit up [the next day], I want to stay consistent the whole year if I can.

"Obviously that's pretty much the hardest thing to do in baseball but I think if I can improve my consistency I'd have a better chance to move up quicker."

Confident in his stuff, he is just ready to get the ball rolling on his career.

"I actually just started throwing about two weeks ago and I feel stronger. I threw a couple of bullpens now and I've been feeling pretty good. I'm pretty confident right now.

"I'm really excited because I really haven't done much. All I've done is work out and throw at home so I'm excited to go away and see the guys, and get the year underway. It's exciting."

While most young players begin their careers with certain statistical achievements in mind, Robson has a more cerebral approach as to what would constitute a successful first season.

"I just want to keep the ball low with my pitches," he said. "They stressed that a lot at Instructs. Pretty much every bullpen and every inning you throw they're stressing how to keep the ball low to avoid contact with the barrel.

"Ground balls is what they want and movement on your fastball. I think the big thing with me is just keeping it low."


Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Changeup.

Fastball. Robson doesn't throw particularly hard yet, throwing both his four-seam and two-seam fastball in the 89-92 mph range. He uses his 6-foot-4 frame to his advantage, however, getting a good downhill plane on his pitches and he shows an ability to locate it well in the lower-half of the strike zone. He also has a lot of room to fill out his frame as he continues to physically mature so there is some thought he could add some more velocity in the coming years.

Other Pitches. Robson has the most confidence in his curveball, a pitch he tabs as his main strikeout pitch. It's a quality big league curveball for a younger pitcher but most scouts believe it has the room to get tighter and sharper as he gets more professional coaching, giving it long-term plus potential. While he favors the breaking ball, the fact is his changeup is very advanced for a young pitcher. It is the mirror image of his fastball delivery-wise and it already gets good fade and depth.

Pitching. Robson isn't an overpowering pitcher on the mound to tries to blow it by batters, he's more of a command pitcher who mixes in four different pitches [including his two fastballs], tries to induce early contact outs, and be efficient on the mound by throwing a bunch of strikes. He still has some delivery issues to tweak and has to better learn the nuances of fielding his position better and holding runners, but he's pretty athletic for a bigger pitcher so there's no real long-term concerns in those areas.

Projection. As it stands right now, barring any further velocity increases with his fastball, Robson has the look of a quality middle to back-end starting big league pitcher someday. He still has a lot of room to grow to further develop his entire game to fulfill that kind of potential, but considering he will spend most of the 2012 season as an 18-year old and still has room to get physically stronger, his ceiling could be a bit higher if everything falls into place.

ETA. N/A. It's too early to give an estimated big league arrival time given the fact he has yet to make his official professional debut. The smart money says he should be an anchor on the GCL Blue Jays starting staff in 2012 given his youth and lack of professional experience thus far, but he could start to move pretty quickly once he gets his feet wet at the pro level.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Tom Robson
\r\nPosition: Starting Pitcher
\r\nDOB: June 27, 1993
\r\nHeight: 6'4\"
\r\nWeight: 210
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\n\"I thought it went pretty well,\" Robson said of Instructs. \"Obviously it was my first taste of what pro ball would be like and I got to know a few of the guys and most of the coaches pretty well so overall I thought it went pretty good.
\r\n
\r\n\"I thought I performed pretty well so I'm heading into the new [season] expecting the most and hopefully it will be a good year.\"
\r\n
\r\nNot known as a hard thrower quite yet, it's his combination of secondary pitches and ability to mix his pitches for strikes that stood out during Instructional League camp this offseason.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was there to just pitch but they mentioned there might be a few things I need to work [on] with my mechanics this spring. That will probably be in Spring Training when they introduce those to me. I don't really know what they are yet but they told me there were a few things that maybe we'll change.\"
\r\n
\r\nStill in the evaluation phase since he is so new to the organization, while he has yet to make any changes to his game and still hasn't thrown in an official minor league game, he feels he stacks up pretty well to the competition already.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel pretty well because I already have quite a few innings against pro teams just because of Team Canada,\" he said confidently. \"Every October, April and May we faced pro hitters. In April and October we go to Orlando and we train at the Atlanta Braves complex, and we play ten or eleven games against pro teams down there.
\r\n
\r\n\"I got quite a few innings with that team against pro hitters and I felt I did pretty well. I don't think it will be a big surprise to me but I do think I fit in pretty well and I think I'll be able to compete pretty well.\"
\r\n
\r\nUnsure of what changes he may be asked to make as he enters his first Spring Training in 2012, Robson already knows what his main goals are for his debut season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to be more consistent with everything with all of my pitches and throwing strikes,\" he said. \"I don't want to go out there one day and be lights out one day and get lit up [the next day], I want to stay consistent the whole year if I can.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously that's pretty much the hardest thing to do in baseball but I think if I can improve my consistency I'd have a better chance to move up quicker.\"
\r\n
\r\nConfident in his stuff, he is just ready to get the ball rolling on his career.
\r\n
\r\n\"I actually just started throwing about two weeks ago and I feel stronger. I threw a couple of bullpens now and I've been feeling pretty good. I'm pretty confident right now.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm really excited because I really haven't done much. All I've done is work out and throw at home so I'm excited to go away and see the guys, and get the year underway. It's exciting.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile most young players begin their careers with certain statistical achievements in mind, Robson has a more cerebral approach as to what would constitute a successful first season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to keep the ball low with my pitches,\" he said. \"They stressed that a lot at Instructs. Pretty much every bullpen and every inning you throw they're stressing how to keep the ball low to avoid contact with the barrel.
\r\n
\r\n\"Ground balls is what they want and movement on your fastball. I think the big thing with me is just keeping it low.\"
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nRepertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Changeup.
\r\n
\r\nFastball. Robson doesn't throw particularly hard yet, throwing both his four-seam and two-seam fastball in the 89-92 mph range. He uses his 6-foot-4 frame to his advantage, however, getting a good downhill plane on his pitches and he shows an ability to locate it well in the lower-half of the strike zone. He also has a lot of room to fill out his frame as he continues to physically mature so there is some thought he could add some more velocity in the coming years.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches. Robson has the most confidence in his curveball, a pitch he tabs as his main strikeout pitch. It's a quality big league curveball for a younger pitcher but most scouts believe it has the room to get tighter and sharper as he gets more professional coaching, giving it long-term plus potential. While he favors the breaking ball, the fact is his changeup is very advanced for a young pitcher. It is the mirror image of his fastball delivery-wise and it already gets good fade and depth.
\r\n
\r\nPitching. Robson isn't an overpowering pitcher on the mound to tries to blow it by batters, he's more of a command pitcher who mixes in four different pitches [including his two fastballs], tries to induce early contact outs, and be efficient on the mound by throwing a bunch of strikes. He still has some delivery issues to tweak and has to better learn the nuances of fielding his position better and holding runners, but he's pretty athletic for a bigger pitcher so there's no real long-term concerns in those areas.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. As it stands right now, barring any further velocity increases with his fastball, Robson has the look of a quality middle to back-end starting big league pitcher someday. He still has a lot of room to grow to further develop his entire game to fulfill that kind of potential, but considering he will spend most of the 2012 season as an 18-year old and still has room to get physically stronger, his ceiling could be a bit higher if everything falls into place.
\r\n
\r\nETA. N/A. It's too early to give an estimated big league arrival time given the fact he has yet to make his official professional debut. The smart money says he should be an anchor on the GCL Blue Jays starting staff in 2012 given his youth and lack of professional experience thus far, but he could start to move pretty quickly once he gets his feet wet at the pro level.
\r\n
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