Re: Off-season transactions
The Royals put a lot of time and energy into Derrick Robinson. A fourth-round pick in 2006, Robinson has started pretty consistently all the way up the KC minor-league ladder- playing 54 games in rookie ball, 102 in Low-A, 124 and 128 in two years of High-A, 127 and 107 in two years of Double-A, and 116 in AAA Omaha last year.
The problem is that he hasn't really developed. Blessed with speed that has to be at least a 70 on the scouting scale, Robinson just hasn't really learned how to hit or work the count skillfully enough to make it. He's never managed more than 51 walks, a .380 SLG, or a .286 BA at any point while striking out a minimum of 84 times. And some of these parks he was playing in were very offense-friendly! He does steal a ton of bases, topping fifty four times- and with a pretty solid percentage as well, usually no worse than 75% or so.
But between the lack of development at the plate and a move from playing mostly center in the lower minors to playing mostly left at the higher levels, Robinson doesn't really project as having much upside. He might be able to fill in as a fifth outfielder/pinch-runner at the big-league level for a little while, but God help us if he sees protracted big-league time. In fact, I'd hope that he doesn't start every game in AAA either, as we have lots of other options for the Bats OF (Phipps, Puckett, Perez, LaMarre, Fellhauer) with at least a modicum of upside plus the almighty Mr. Hamilton.