In case you hadn’t heard, it’s been a successful year for the Royals minor league system in 2010. From the rapid development of Wil Myers and John Lamb to the expectation shattering performances of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, there’s legitimate hope in the near future.
And then there’s Clint Robinson who managed to win the Triple Crown in the Texas League.
I took a look at Robinson “Down on the Farm” as one of the “other guys” – those prospects who don’t get quite the press that the first round picks have gotten. At that time, I mentioned that with Billy Butler and Kila Ka’aihue in the big leagues already and Eric Hosmer moving along with him in the minors, he might be without a home, but Robinson has elite power, an average walkrate, and could be a backup plan if Ka’aihue struggles in 2011.
With a line of .335/.410/.625/1.035, 29 homers and 98 RBI with the Naturals, he’s earned the honor of being in the top half of the Royals prospect list, though at 25 years old (26 in February), his time needs to be sooner rather than later.
I suspect Robinson will start next year in Omaha as the everyday first baseman while Hosmer remains in Northwest Arkansas until the middle of the year. From there, it’ll be up to Robinson to show that his numbers weren’t inflated by the Texas League and that he can continue his hammering ways at a more advanced level.