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Shane Robinson

#25 | OF
New York Yankees New York Yankees
Shane Robinson
Name: Shane Michael Robinson
Born: Oct 30, 1984 in Tampa, Fla. USA
High School: Jesuit HS, Tampa
College: Florida State
Ht.: 5'9" / Wt.: 170 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (166th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 (signed for $175,000)
Evaluating Robinson divides scouts. One might say the productive outfielder is the best pound for pound player in the United States, while another tags him as a lefthanded Steve Stanley, saying Robinson's size and lack of strength will keep him from succeeding in pro ball. A football/baseball star at Tampa's Jesuit High, Robinson had started every game in his three seasons at Florida State. As a sophomore, he had a school-record 40-game hitting streak and became the only college player with 100 hits and 40 stolen bases in the same season, finishing with 122 hits, a .427 average and .532 on-base percentage to go along with a .987 fielding percentage. Robinson centers the ball consistently, spraying line drives to all fields with well-below-average power. He has good plate discipline and works counts well. He has good bat control and bunts well. He doesn't have exceptional bat speed and lacks the plate coverage to handle pitches on the outer half. He's a solid-average runner, with good instincts on the basepaths and in center field, where he's a solid-average defender. His arm is fringe-average but accurate, and his good technique upgrades his overall defensive package. Predictions of where Robinson will be drafted are as divergent as the opinions on how good he'll be. He won't likely be taken higher than the fourth round, in any case.
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