Whit Robbins Tearing It Up Early

Whit Robbins has been one of the more consistent bats in the New Britain lineup during the beginning of the 2009 season, and he is being relied on to carry the team offensively. This past week, Robbins sat down with TwinCitiesDugout.com Senior Writer Kenny Barto.

Whit Robbins has become a solid part in the Rock Cats lineup so far this year. Even though he struggled with a back injury ever since his second year in the minors with Fort Meyers, Whit now seems to be breaking out of his physical and mental shell.

Whit came to the Twins as a fourth round draft pick after an impressive Junior Year with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, where he batted .352 with 13 HR's and 67 RBI's. As a member of the Georgia Tech team in 2006, he was teammates with Orioles top prospect Matt Wieters. "He's one of my good friends", Robbins said. "He's a great guy, and knows a lot about baseball." Wieters and Robbins work out in the winter, along with other former and current Georgia Tech players. In 2006, Wieters and Robbins both batted .350 for the Yellow Jackets and let the team to the College World Series. Wieters was drafted the next year by Baltimore in the first round (5th overall).

Robbins was sent to Single-A Beloit, where he posted a solid .304 average, and it seemed like he was on track to becoming the next top prospect for the Minnesota. Instead of coming back strong the next year, he came back and barely stayed above the Mendoza line with Fort Meyers of the Florida State League. "I think it had a lot to do with my back, but it also had to do with myself, and trusting what I could do." He ended up batting .210 in 2007, following it with an below-average season in 2008 where he batted .268 in 91 games with the Miracle.

So far this year, Whit Robbins is on a tear. He's batting .313 with 6 HR's and 22 RBI's in 35 games. "I've been seeing the ball well lately", Robbins said. "My back feels alright this year, so I'm ready to go." His season thus far has included an 11 game hitting streak from May 12th - May 23rd where he batted .463 and 12 RBI's. In that streak, Whit never failed to drive in a run, which supported the Rock Cats' struggling pitching staff.

Whit Robbins' fantastic play as of late will hopefully become an every day occurrence as he overcomes his back injury and his personal doubts. He has always had the talent to become a great player, and he now has the chance with the New Britain Rock Cats. He has the ability to help the now second place team to a great season.

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