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Scott Robinson
2001-02 MVP Goldpanners
Played in 1993 Exhibition W/Bruce

Nickname"The Kid"
POSC / 1B / RF
Out OfTorry Pines, Rancho Bernardo HS
H/W : B/T6-01 / 185 ; L/S
HOMESan Diego, CA
DRAFTAstros 7th Rd. 2002

 

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Draft Notebook(West): DFE rakes under Midnight Sun  (Scott Zilmer) 2002 7th round pick, Scott Robinson isn't your ordinary 18 year old. His father Bruce was a big league catcher, he's ambidextrous and he has the distinction of being the only high school junior to ever play in the prestigious Alaska Summer League.  

We'll focus on that last accomplishment because while many around him were probably playing X-Box and waiting for the next DMX album to come out, Robinson was trying to adjust to 24 hours of daylight and swinging a wood bat against some of the top college arms in the country. Oh yeah, he also happened to be playing for one of the top amateur programs in baseball- the Alaska Goldpanners, a team that has fielded a few present and future hall of famers including Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi.   Robinson ended up going 4-18 (as did Bonds) in his Alaska League audition but took the experience back to Cali and then committed to San Diego State in the fall. He also transferred from Torrey Pines high school to Rancho Bernardo- another program that has seen a few prospects. The smooth swinging lefty (he throws both right and left handed) studded out as a senior and was taken by Houston in the 7th round but the pending strike date and a lack of an agreeable number stalled contract negotiations. It didn't stop Robinson from heading back to Alaska where he once again played for the 'Panners and head coach, Ed Cheff, a notorious task-master who's inventive ways of getting the most out of his players are well documented in baseball circles.

"That was kind of a tough adjustment at first" says Robinson, "but once we got on his schedule it worked out and by the end of the summer we became a great team."

'Great' may be an understatement considering Robinson mashed his way to team-MVP honors while leading the 'Panners to a National Baseball Congress Title. In all, he hit .337 with 12 doubles and 40 RBI.

After putting on a hitting clinic, Alaska-style, Robinson came home and de-committed from SDSU in order to get himself draft-eligible once again.

Now with Palomar J.C., Robinson is on a mission to raise his value. "I'm a 7.1 runner so I'm trying to improve my speed for center field", says Robinson. "I'm getting stronger and just working on everything- trying to be as good a ballplayer as I can be."

He's off to a great start in 2003 (.339, 4 doubles, 4 hr's) and scouts are taking notice. Says one who has been following Robinson since his high school days, "He's got the projectable frame and the hitting actions you want to see from a young player. Plus, he's proven himself with wood against quality competition."

Pending an agreement from either Houston or the team that drafts him if he goes back in the draft, Robinson (who became a switch-thrower when a bizarre patio accident forced him to start throwing right handed at the age of 3) plans on playing for the GoldPanners in 2003.


Palomar Comments #16 by Baseball America

Palomar freshman Scott Robinson has been selected by Baseball America as the 16th best freshman prospect in college baseball, among four-year college and two-year college players combined.

Robinson, a Rancho Bernardo High School product who was selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round of the 2002 draft, is listed as Nation's No. 2 draftable freshman prospect. He bats from the left side and throws both right- and left-handed.

Robinson was MVP of the Alaska Goldpanners team that won the 2002 National Baseball Congress Championship in Wichita, Kan. He led the Goldpanners in batting with a .337 average and led the Alaska League with 40 RBIs, and made the All-Alaska League and All-Wood Bat Leagues teams. In 2001, he became the only high school player ever to play in the Alaska League when he played for the Goldpanners prior to his senior year at Rancho Bernardo.

 

TWICE AS NICE Back   September 21, 2007 - Winning the South Coast League’s Most Outstanding Hitter award wasn’t enough for Scott Robinson as today the SCL is pleased to announce that the Macon Music first baseman has also been named the 2007 SCL Most Valuable Player.

Robinson (pictured at right with SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen), made a clean sweep of the offensive awards during the league’s first season. He was a key member in leading the Macon Music to a second half title and a spot in the first ever SCL Championship for the Ferro Cup.

With a season average of .338, to go along with 11 homeruns, 67 RBI’s, and 11 stolen bases, Robinson made an impact every time he stepped to the plate. During the month of August, in the midst of the playoff hunt, he paced his Macon Music teammates with a .363 batting average, 5 homeruns, and 19 RBI’s.

A former 7th round draft pick of the Houston Astros, this player didn’t give up his dream upon his release from their organization last season. Instead, he joined the South Coast League and proceeded to grace the league leader boards in multiple offensive categories.

He was also a versatile member of the Music’s defense, notching time in the outfield, first base, and even behind the plate. Robinson took things a step further and learned to throw ambidextrously from a young age to capitalize on his talents. During the Music’s season, Robinson could be seen playing first base left-handed, and catching right-handed. "



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Fairbanks first baseman Scott Robinson, a high school player, delivered a two-run double in the breakout inning by driving an outside fastball down the left field line. Coming late in the season, Robinson is now 4 for 16 against quality college pitchers.

"I'm seeing what's gonna be at the next level," Robinson said. "This is great experience."

Even better, Robinson is carrying on the family name. His father, Bruce, played for the Goldpanners in the early 1970s before moving on to the Bigs. Except now Scott is a bona fide player. Ten years ago he entered an exhibition game as an 9-year-old pinch-runner, but this is real.

"I remember Jose Cruz Jr. nearly took my head off with a line drive," he said. "Being out here (now) is really cool." - Van Williams, ADN

BRUCE ROBINSON - 1972-73-74-75 Goldpanners

 

Bruce Robinson - Player Profile
1974 Goldpanners Yearbook

  Bruce Robinson has just completed his sophomore year at Stanford University, yet as far as the Alaska Goldpanners are concerned, he is looked upon as a veteran performer.  more...

 

Bruce Robinson, Stanford - 1972-73-74-75

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Another Panner Called to Majors

Fairbanks resident Bruce Robinson, a former Alaska Goldpanner, has been called up by the Oakland Athletics from the team's AAA minor league club in Vancouver of the Pacific Coast League.  more...

 


2001 | 2002 Alaska Goldpanners
2001: Roster | Results | Statistics | Schedule
2002: Roster | Results | Statistics | Schedule

Batting Statistics

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20017.222184200.300206220
200255.337187631223.3881611320403
TOTALS62.306205671423.3681811922423

 

Pitching Statistics

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200210001.3344412001027.07
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Jim Lavrakas
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Palomar JC Comets Statistics

Batting Statistics

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Palomar JC Website

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d. Poway 6-2
CIF-SDS Div. I Champions!

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Professional Statistics

Batting Statistics

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Lexington Legends

 

 

Versatility a key for Music’s Robinson

July 9th, 2007

By Sarah Meinecke - smeinecke@macon.comThe day Scott Robinson was born, a video was made that showed Robinson’s father, Bruce, helping his newborn son imitate a throwing motion.

Only Scott Robinson doesn’t remember which arm his father used in that early video. That may be one of the reasons the Macon Music’s starting first baseman and backup catcher employs both arms when he is one the field.

It’s a phenomenon that started when a freak accident put Robinson’s right hand in a cast for eight weeks when he was just 2 years old, and it continues today as he helps the Music in their inaugural season.

Robinson catches right-handed and plays first base left-handed.

“It’s pretty natural, although this is the first year I have caught professionally,” Robinson said.

Robinson will be on the field with the Music today as they take on the Charlotte County Redfish at 2:05 p.m. at Luther Williams Field. He is one of the mainstays in the lineup that has had a revolving door for the roster the past couple of days.

Headed out the door is Bryce Florie, best known for suffering a near-career ending injury when he was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching for the Boston Red Sox. Florie has been traded to the Newark Bears in the Atlantic League.

“We’re real happy for Florie,” said Music manager Phil Plantier, who signed and subsequently released pitcher Fabian Jimenez and utility player Zane Miller during the weekend. “He can use this as a stepping stone.”

Robinson can relate, as he views the Music as his stepping stone, he hopes, into making it back to the top levels of competition.

But baseball could have been completely out of the question when Robinson was a toddler. He was outside with his grandmother, who was pounding a metal umbrella into the ground and didn’t notice the young Robinson’s hand on the metal rod. As she pounded away, she impaled his right hand to the rod, which put Robinson in a cast for eight weeks.

With his right hand out of commission, Robinson used his left hand in every-day activities - including throwing.

But a year after the cast was off, Robinson was playing football with his dad and threw the ball back with his right hand.

“I threw a tennis ball left-handed and a football right-handed,” Robinson said. “I do almost everything right-handed, and I never thought anything of it, but throwing just comes naturally to me both ways.”

But even though Robinson had the ability to play both ways, he mainly stuck to first base throughout his career - first with Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego and then when he began his professional career.

The Houston Astros drafted Robinson in the seventh round when he graduated from high school in 2002, but bad luck struck when the Major League Baseball players threatened to strike, and Robinson’s offer was pulled off the table.

“I ended up going to Alaska for the summer, and I turned down a full ride (scholarship) to San Diego State,” said Robinson, who instead played a year at Palomar Junior College and signing with the Astros before the next draft.

Robinson spent four seasons playing for the Astros’ development teams before suffering an elbow injury last April. The injury was incorrectly diagnosed as a muscle strain, and as Robinson nursed the injury, he was released by the Astros. As it turns out, Robinson needed Tommy John surgery to correct the problem.

“It was a bump in the road,” Robinson admits. “But almost everyone comes back (from the surgery) if they rehab properly. I knew it would work out one way or another.”

So far it has worked out nicely for Robinson and the Music. Robinson is second in the league in batting at .341, and he has four home runs and 33 RBI.

“He works hard, and that is what you have to do with this game,” Plantier said. “He has come a long way in a short period of time. He doesn’t belong here in the sense that he deserves the opportunity to move on.”

No matter which hand he uses.

The Robinson file