The Omaha assignments were expected, with Clint Robinson getting his first shot at Triple A and David Lough returns after a decent 2010 with the (then) Royals. Clint held his own in spring training, hitting .389/.400/.889 with two homers and nine RBIs in 19 plate appearances. Lough hit .235/.350/.235 in 20 appearances.
Derrick Robinson returns to Northwest Arkansas to follow up on a season where his hitting finally started to show signs of developing. On top of another 50 steal season, he got on base 34.5% of the time. He added more extra base hits than in any other season, as well. This spring, he hit .364/.417/.636 in 12 plate appearances with a double and triple, but didn’t attempt any stolen bases.
Bianchi is going to spend some time in Double A to get back into baseball rhythm after missing all of 2010 with a torn elbow ligament. He’s been hampered by injuries his entire career but has always been a solid prospect in the Royals system. If he gets back in gear in Double A, he should play most of the season in Omaha and might be a utility option in Kansas City if things go well. Bianchi struggled in spring training games, getting just one hit – a double – in 16 plate appearances.