Jul 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Derrick Robinson (15) during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Robinson Likely Gone

With the addition of Skip Schumaker to the Reds 40-man roster, a corresponding move had to be made.  Due to Schumaker’s ability to play not only second base, but the outfield as well, it made substitute extraordinaire from last season, Derrick Robinson, flexible.

Robinson, 26, was a Spring Training invitee last season for the Reds and made quite the impression with his blazing speed.  He had been in the Royals organization for his entire career prior to joining the Reds organization last year.  A former Florida Gator football recruit chose to pursue his dream of becoming a Major Leaguer and got to fulfill his wish after Ryan Ludwick went down on Opening Day with a dislocated shoulder.

His shining moment on the year may have been on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15th; Robinson scored his first Major League run, which also happened to be a game winner against the Phillies.  Derrick is known to be a huge proponent of Jackie, as many of today’s African-American baseball players are.

On the season, Robinson batted .255 with four stolen bases but where he really stood out was on defense where he was frequently subbed in to play left field at the conclusion of most games over the summer.

Not only did Robinson contribute on the field; off the field, he seemed to be more than a model citizen.  He is a man of devout faith and was a pleasure to have around for the entirety of the season.  If a trade is not worked out, it’s a near certainty that an organization would scoop him up off the waiver wire.  Unfortunately, it seems Derrick Robinson has played his last game as a Cincinnati Red.

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  • Paul Robertson

    Is there really little or no hope that they will make a move before the 10-day period expires? Right now we have three average catchers (they all have pros and cons, but c’mon, they are average at best) and two very similar back-ups (Hannahan and Shumaker) on the 40-man without a major league ready CF.

    • Jesse Borek

      Would have to say that Mesoraco has potential to be much more than an average catcher. You are right though as far as concerns for a centerfielder goes. There doesn’t seem to be a true backup plan past Hamilton, which shows their level of confidence in him. In an extreme case, would imagine Heisey, or even Bruce would be making the transition.