Royals' Robinson Keeps Hitting

First baseman's bat blocked by big leaguers





KANSAS CITY—Clint Robinson is doing what he always does: hit.

In 2010, Robinson became just the third player in Double-A Texas League history to win a triple crown by hitting .335 with 29 home runs and 98 RBIs. He advanced to Triple-A Omaha last season and hit .326/.399/.533 with 23 home runs and 100 RBIs.

What Robinson has been unable to do is forge his way into the Royals lineup. Robinson, 27, is a first baseman/DH, and his path to Kansas City is blocked by two younger players: Eric Hosmer, 22, and Billy Butler, 25. He began this year back in Omaha, hitting .304/.415/.551 with five doubles and four home runs in 69 at-bats. Robinson said he is not frustrated by his plight.

"What am I going to do? Pout about it?" Robinson said. "There's nothing really you can do. That's the reason we have general managers and front office guys to make those decisions. That's not my job. My job is just go play baseball and that's it.

"I'm going to take the same approach as I did last year. I'm just going to go play wherever they send me and play where I am. I'm going to keep my mouth shut and keep plugging away and keep trying to put up good numbers and keep trying to force their hand to find a spot in the major leagues."

There are 29 other major league clubs, and one might need a power-hitting lefthanded bat.

"To make it to the major leagues, there's not always that opportunity with a certain organization and there might be one with another one," Robinson said.
Robinson, a 25th-round pick in 2007 out of Troy, is not asking to be traded. But he knows that possibility exists.

"That's not up to me," he said. "If the Royals think they can better their organization by trading me and getting something back for it, it's certainly something I wouldn't mind. I want to be in Kansas City. I like being part of this organization. I've got a lot of friends with the big league club now. Whatever happens, happens. I'm not really worried about that."

ROYALTIES

• The Royals signed outfielder Terry Evans, who played 20 games in the majors with the Angels over three years, to a minor league contract. After six games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Evans was promoted to Omaha.

• Outfielder Paulo Orlando, who had sports hernia surgery in February, came off the disabled list April 13 and was put on the Northwest Arkansas roster.