Last Monday when the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish, Tony Watson, and Tony Cingrani, the Dodgers traded four players from their top 30 prospect list; Willie Calhoun, Brendon Davis, AJ Alexy, and Oneil Cruz. That opened the door for four new members of the Dodgers top 30. Jacob Rhame returned to the top 30 and #is now listed at #28. Three new members of the top 30 are:
#27 Cristian Santana (3B)
#29 Luke Raley (OF)
#30 Errol Robinson (SS)
While everyone was gushing over HS SS Gavin Lux, Billy Gasparino quietly drafted a 21 year old SS from Ole Miss in the 6th round, Errol Robinson. Scouting reports indicated Robinson had the infield actions, body control, quickness and average arm strength for the position. Mike Bianco, his Ole Miss head coach was not surprised that Robinson was drafted within the first ten rounds. Per Bianco, “He’s got great range. I think the thing that’s really special about Errol is he’s got great hands. If he touches it, he catches it. He just doesn’t miss balls.” “In our league, there were so many outstanding shortstops that were draft eligible,” added Bianco. “Because Errol was just a sophomore, he kind of flew under the radar.”
After his sophomore season, Errol played in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League. Facing some of the best college pitchers in the nation, he hit .312 while using his above-average speed to be a useful, if not prolific, base stealer. It was his summer play that improved his draft status quite substantially.
Per Billy Gasparino, “Robinson had a good track record at short, he hit in the Cape [Cod League], he’s a good find in the sixth round.”
He started out slowly as a professional, but finished with a slash line of .282/.336/.395/.732 all with Ogden. His 2017 season did not start until May 12 at Great Lakes. On June 9, Errol was promoted to
Rancho Cucamonga, and on June 29 he was promoted to Tulsa. He proceeded to improve offensively at each level. At Great Lakes he batted .247/.291/.455/.745. At Rancho he batted .286/.342/.514/.856 (offensive league). At Tulsa (where he has played most of the year), he is batting .309/.383/.390/.773 (more of a pitcher’s league). So while he is batting for a less slugging % at Tulsa, his BA and OBP have improved and are very encouraging for a middle infielder.
When drafted, Errol Robinson was an off the radar SS project who has worked extremely hard to propel himself into a legit prospect. One other thing I noticed about Errol…every picture I have seen of him, he always has a smile.
MINOR LEAGUE RECAP:
OKC lost to Las Vegas 51s (Mets) 3-2 in 13 innings – Eddie Gamboa started his first OKC game and went a respectable 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Chris Hatcher replaced Gamboa in his first OKC rehab appearance. He pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 hit, one walk, and 4 strikeouts. Jacob Rhame (1 inning), Joe Broussard (2 innings) and Jeremy Bleich (1 inning) followed with scoreless innings. In the bottom of the 13th, Edward Paredes came in and promptly hit the first batter and then followed that with three walks to score the winning run. Max Muncy hit a pinch hit HR (10th) in top of the 9th to tie the game at 2-2. Henry Ramos had 2 of the 5 OKC hits.
Tulsa lost to Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) 3-2 in 10 innings – Matt Beaty had yet another multi-hit game going 2-4, including his 25th double. Scott Barlow started for the Drillers and went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts.
RC Quakes lost 6-3 to Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) – Ibandel Isabel provided the loan highlight with a 3 run HR to account for all three runs. Isabel now leads the California League with 23 home runs. DJ Peters follows with 22/
Great Lakes 4-2 win over Dayton Dragons (Reds) – Dustin May pitched well and recorded his 7th win for the Loons. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 4 strikeouts. 34th round draft choice Dan Jagiello pitched in his 4th game for the Loons, and recorded his first save, pitching a scoreless 9th inning. Jared Walker had two hits (including his 8th HR), while Cristian Santana hit his 4th.
Ogden lost 7-5 to Billings Mustangs (Reds) – There was no memorable pitching in this game. Donovan Casey, Romer Cuadrado, and Garrett Hope each had two hits. Brock Carpenter hit his 3rd HR for the Raptors.
AZL Dodgers 4-1 win over AZL Athletics – Pascal Amon, Jair Camargo, Jefrey Souffront, and Kevin Aponte had two hits apiece. James Marinan started and went his usual 1 inning. They are being very careful with him. Alfredo Tavarez followed with 5 scoreless innings to get the win. Yeison Cespedes and Colby Nealy pitched the final 3 innings with Nealy getting his 1st save. Nealy continued his fast start to his professional career. He pitched in his 10th game, allowing only 1 earned run in his 15.1 IP.