When Cubs uber-infielder Neifi Perez was traded to Detroit Sunday afternoon, Chicago acquired minor league catcher Chris Robinson from the Tigers' Class High-A affiliate in Lakeland, Fla. Robinson was a third-round draft pick of a year ago from Illinois and was named to the 2006 Florida State League All-Star team.
The 22-year-old Robinson batted .286 with Lakeland in 95 games overall, including .375 (30-for-80) against left-handed pitching. He went into the All-Star break batting just .263, but proceeded to hit .365 (23-for-63) in July and was 16-for-53 in August.
The right-handed hitter had one home run, 22 doubles and 47 RBIs.
In 2005, his first professional season, Robinson hit .257 in 41 games for Class A West Michigan in the Midwest League. He also appeared in four games for Class Low-A Oneonta of the New York-Penn League.
Defensively, Robinson has seven errors and 16 passed balls behind the plate this season. He posted a .988 fielding percentage and threw out 26 percent of base-runners, allowing 92 stolen bases in 124 attempts.
He will report to Class-A Daytona, Lakeland's counterpart in the Florida State League.