For the second time in the past ten days, a former Illinois player has been called up to MLB action as former Illini catcher Chris Robinson was called up by the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The Washington Nationals called up former pitcher Tanner Roark last week, and the last Illini to earn an MLB roster spot before that was Kyle Hudson in 2011.
Thursday’s call up was Robinson first ever in his nine-year professional career. While with the triple-A Tucson Padres, Robinson has a .289 batting average, three homers, and 15 RBI in 29 games. He played for the Illini from 2003-05 and was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers (highest-drafted position player in Illinois history).
He sits at No. 17 on the career batting average chart at .347 and recorded 18 homers and 87 RBI during his three seasons at Illinois while slugging .529 and boasting a .415 on-base percentage.
Over his nine-year career, Robinson has been bounced around quite a bit. After playing for the Tigers’ minor league teams, he moved to other minor league affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Padres in June.
He replaced San Diego catcher Nick Hundley, who is on paternity leave, on the active roster.
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