Skinnier than I imagined.
As Wil Myers hype explodes and threatens to engulf the internet in flames, today's callup of Clint Robinson is somewhat muted. Robinson was a latter day Kila, which on balance hasn't been a good thing, expectations wise. Moreover, there's the Hosmer guy at firstbase, so there's really nowhere for him to go.
But here he is. And in the convoluted way the Royals think, somehow, losing the DH has meant that we need another 1B/DH. Between now and the 20th, the Royals have nine games in NL parks. I think the over/under on Robinson PAs is 7.
Robinson became a sensation for his work at AA, but at AAA he's been productive, though not spectacular. In 833 PAs with Omaha-Sarpy-County-Nebraska-The General Plains Area he's posted a .322/.405/.523 line. He's 27 years old. But he's also a Dayton Moore draftee, so he can get full credit as a home-grown player from the farm system in some press release three years from now.
For a 25th round pick in 2007, Robinson's calllup is the culmination of a moderately long journey in the minor leagues. But after this weekend, he's a Major League baseball player (or will be soon) and he'll get to have that title for the rest of his life. He doesn't seem to have a future with the Royals barring a Butler trade (unlikely but not an awful idea) or a Hosmer demotion (unlikely but not happening). But he's here now.