Just got done meeting and speaking with the latest Mariners outfield addition, Trayvon Robinson, who is the 13th rookie the team will audition this season. The Los Angeles native is playing left field and batting ninth.
Robinson was acquired, along with Class AA outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang, in exchange for pitcher Erik Bedard and minor league reliever Josh Fields in a three-team deal. Robinson had been in Class AAA with the hometown Dodgers team he grew up following. His mother was a huge Angels fan and they both cheered that squad on back in 2002 when it made its World Series run.
Now, he’s here, preparing to make his big league debut at Angel Stadium.
“These are probably the best four days of my life,” said Robinson, who learned yesterday of his big league promotion.
Robinson had already begun playing left field a couple of months ago after coming up as a center fielder. The Dodgers have Matt Kemp in center already, so Robinson figured the move was a prelude to a coming big league promotion.
Little did he know he would be making it with Seattle. He initially was told he’d been dealt to the Red Sox, then was asked to wait by the phone for several minutes in anticipation of another swap. Soon after, he learned it was to the M’s as part of the three-team arrangement.
Robinson hit .289 with a .926 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in AAA. He also hit a career-best 26 homers, when his previous high had been 17 in 2009.
“i don’t know,” he said. “This year, I started off in the No. 7 hole, so I had a few guys on base. I started doing a little bit better hitting there. Started hitting with runners in scoring position a little bit better. I looked up a month into the season and I was batting fifth. I’ve been batting one, two or eight my entire career. For me to be batting fifth, it’s a different result. I got a lot of different results this year. It’s a little wierd.”
His boyhood idol is Juan Gonzalez.
“He did everything,” Robinson said. “He drove in a hundred thousand — I don’t know how many runs that one year. He hit home runs. He had a cannon for an arm. He was just the player you wanted to be.”
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
2 Jack Wilson SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
30 Miguel Olivo C
33 Casper Wells DH
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF (MLB Debut)
38 Jason Vargas LHP
2 Erick Aybar (S) SS
53 Bobby Abreu (L) DH
48 Torii Hunter RF
10 Vernon Wells LF
47 Howard Kendrick 2B
44 Mark Trumbo 1B
6 Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
25 Peter Bourjos CF
5 Jeff Mathis C
36 Jered Weaver RHP