Clint Robinson doesn’t want to be in the minors anymore. In 2010 he had arguably as impressive of a season at the plate as Mike Moustakas. He won the AA triple crown. He hit 41 doubles, 29 homers and 5 triples. Sure he did it in the left handed hitter friendly Arvest Ballpark, but he’s off to a hot start with the Omaha Stormchasers too. Considering his career line is .309/.376/.543/.919, maybe he’s not a flash in the pan.
The problem is he’s not Eric Hosmer and he doesn’t play gold glove caliber defense. He’s also 26 years old, so his time is running out. I’m still pulling for him though. Kila Ka’aihue was supposed to hit. I thought he would this year. Last year when his numbers were low, I thought he was still making good contact and having decent at bats. This year he seems to be behind in every count and can’t hit the ball solidly. I think he deserves a couple more weeks, but if he keeps doing what he’s doing, there will need to be a change. My vote will go to Clint Robinson. Why? Because the guy can hit, and he’s not Eric Hosmer.
Billy isn’t a good defensive first baseman, but he can fill the role. As good as this season’s start has been for the Royals, it’s likely unsustainable. Even though Kila is the better defensive first baseman, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they put Billy back out in the field on a regular basis. The Royals clearly aren’t out of it yet, with every other team but the Indians falling on their face out of the gate, but bringing up Hosmer this early seems like a waste of his service time if there isn’t going to be a push for division race. As positive as Hosmer’s start to the season has been, Clint Robinson’s has been even better. He has hit 4 doubles and 4 home runs and has drawn 7 walks to his 7 strikeouts for a line of .385/.489/.795/1.284 through 11 games.
If the Royals aren’t going to contend, and even if they are, with Kila struggling like he is, it makes sense to bring up Clint Robinson to DH. I don’t know what his fielding is like, but even if he had to give Billy a day off in the field, I’m sure he could on occasion. I hate seeing it because I’d like to see him succeed, but Kila is a huge void right now for his spot in the lineup. He’s had 49 runners on base and only 4 have scored, 8%, by far the lowest percentage on the team out of regular players. Maybe he’ll turn it around. If he doesn’t bring up Clint Robinson to give him a shot.