Dodger Prospect #13 - OF Trayvon Robinson

Baseball pauses to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson on June 15 each year, the anniversary of his breaking the color barrier in the big leagues in 1947. The Dodgers take the lead in that for Jackie was their very own, with ceremonies and every player on the team wearing Jackie's jersey number 42. It is fitting to remember another Robinson in the Dodgers minor leagues, working his toward The Show.

He's related to Jackie only in the sense that all African-American professional athletes have a bond to the man who blazed a trail so wide and deep for them to follow. For it would be unfair to the greatest degree to say that Trayvon Robinson could be the "next Jackie".

No one could bear that title, but Trayvon does have excellent talent that may well take him to the big leagues some day soon and that should be enough of a label.

He has the magical gift of speed. Baseball America once rated him the fastest man in the organization, and it is obvious that Trayvon can fly. Over the last two seasons he has stolen 69 bases, including 47 in 2009

An alumni of one of Major League Baseball's greatest programs, Reviving Baseball in the Inner-cities or RBI, and having signed out of Crenshaw High in L.A. at age 17 as the Dodgers 10th round draft pick in 2005, Robinson spent his first two years as a Dodger playing for the Gulf Coast and Ogden teams.

He hit .283 combined as a rookie in the Gulf Coast and Pioneer Leagues, then .254 for Ogden in 2005. He was then sent back to the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2006 to learn how to hit from the left side and utilize his blazing speed.

In 2007 he was the leadoff man and center fielder for the Great Lakes Loons and, collected their first base hit ever- a bunt single. That was pleasing to the Dodgers who had been working with him on that art as well as hitting down on the ball to take advantage of his flying feet. While his average was not high (.253) he compiled solid numbers.

At the tender age of 20 and playing at Inland Empire in 2008 he had the best season of his young career. In his first full professional season with the 66ers, he collected 121 hits, 20 doubles, eight triples and for the second season in a row he stole 22 bases.

Things came together for the young man at Inland Empire and Chattanooga in 2009. He set new career highs in hits (158, second in the franchise), triples (11, first), home runs (17, tied for fifth), runs batted in (64, tied for eighth) and stolen bases (47, second) and represented the 66ers on the California League mid-season all-star team.

His batting average (.300), on-base percentage (.373), slugging average (.493) and on-base plus slugging (.866) were all in the top 10 and he was second in runs created with 97. He also demonstrated his strong throwing arm, nailing 11 runners.

Robinson's big season placed him firmly in 13th place on the top 40 prospects list.

He will be 22 going into the 2010 season and has just started to become comfortable as a professional. His career should really blossom from this point on.

No, he's not going to be another Jackie but he well could be a Dodger named Robinson in the future. And that would be a fitting example of the legacy of Jackie. 

OF TRAYVON ROBINSON
Outfielder
5-10 185 bb tr
Born-September 1, 1987, Los Angeles, CA
Selected in 10th round of 2005 draft

year	team     ave   obp   ops   gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb  
2005	GCLg    .296  .357  .827   40  113  19  34   7  2  3  15   6  
	Ogden   .217  .217  .565    8   23   2   5   0  0  1   2   0
2006	GCLg    .254  .340  .721   39  134  24  34   7  2  2  20   5
	VBeach  .400  .400  .800    3    5   1   2   0  0  0   1   2
2007	GLakes  .253  .314  .000  110  396  50 100   9  4  2  31  22
2008	IEmp    .276  .328  .713  112  429  67 121  20  8  4  42  22
2009	Chatt  .246  .358  .987   19   57   8  14   1  2  2  10   4
	IEmp    .306  .375  .875  117  470  82 144  28  9 15  54  43
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 totals      .277  .344  .748  448 1840 253 454  72 27 29 175 103

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