Scouting Report: Joe Robinson – Orioles Thirty Second Round Pick

Scouting Report (via MLB Bonus Baby):

We’re finally at the last CSN pitcher. Robinson profiled as the best pitching prospect on the team entering the season, and despite turning in routinely excellent starts, Roach and Hanks have lapped him. To Robinson’s credit, he’s continued to go out and do what he does best, which is hit the mitt with a solid pitch mix. If you look at Robinson, he doesn’t look like an elite pitching prospect. His frame is pretty well filled out, and even though he has decent size at 6’2” and 190 pounds, he doesn’t strike the average person as a high-ceiling baseball player. He lacks the big projection that scouts look for, but that doesn’t mean his stuff is weak. Rather, he works with an above-average fastball that can sit in the 91-94 range on good days, touching 95-96 when needed. He commands that pitch very well, and he complements it with a solid-average slider and changeup. He’s always going to have to get by on command, though, as he throws so many strikes that hitters will tend to cheat on his fastball. He profiles as a solid #4 starter in the long run, and even though he has solid draft stock now, he could easily land at Georgia, as he’d immediately step into a starter’s role on a team that has struggled to find consistent starting pitching. On the other hand, Georgia’s struggles could mean Robinson wants to move on to pro ball, so it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Vitals & School:

  • College of S. Nevada
  • DOB: 9/19/1990
  • RHP
  • 6′ 3″
  • 190 lbs.
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Right

More info:

Played with Bryce Harper at College of Southern Nevada.

Video:

MLB.com Scouting Video

Overall Thoughts:

This is an excellent pick, as most saw Robinson as a 4th-8th round pick. The Orioles have snagged some guys in the last 5 rounds that are easily top 10 rounds talent. He does have a commitment to Georgia, so whether or not they sign him is still in question.

2010 Orioles Draft Tracker

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