Just five days after being traded by his hometown team, former Dodgers prospect Trayvon Robinson will get to have family and friends at his major league debut this weekend. Only it won't be in Los Angeles. The former Crenshaw High School player will reportedly be recalled by the Mariners tomorrow before they begin a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels.
Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune broke the news:
I'm not sure what Robinson's role will be for certain. He can play left field and center field. He is a good base runner and a switch hitter. Realistically, it would suit him best to play every day. But he will have to find time with Casper Wells and Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Carp. Though it appears Mike Carp will be DHing and playing first base with Justin Smoak banged up.
Just yesterday, Robinson returned to Albuquerque as a Tacoma Rainier, Seattle's Triple A club that had the outfielder for just a few games this week. Isotopes beat writer Christopher Jackson of the Albuquerque Examiner caught up with Robinson, who was emotional about being traded:
"I got a call from the (Dodgers') field coordinator, De Jon Watson, it was like minutes before the deadline," said Robinson, who was heading with the Isotopes to the ballpark in New Orleans at the time. "I didn’t even think nothing of it. I wasn’t even thinking about that. I was thinking about some of my boys getting traded. You never think it would be you getting traded from your hometown team."
Robinson will be the fifth player drafted and signed by the Dodgers in 2005 to make the major leagues, joining Ivan DeJesus, Josh Bell, Jon Meloan, and Brent Leach. Robinson was picked in the 10th round in 2005.