Former Catcher Becomes Second Illini Called Up in Last 10 Days
2004 Sophomore: Started and caught 51 of Illinois' 55 games Led the team with 11 multi-RBI games and tied for the team lead with 17 multi-hit games Also led the team in average (.359), hits (65) and slugging (.541) Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors following the Indiana series in which he hit .667 against the Hoosiers Posted four doubles, a home run and seven RBI that week Hit .415 (56-for-135) after the Spring Trip In those final 38 games, posted all nine of his home runs, 56 of his 65 total hits and 37 of his 38 RBI Had only one day off between the end of the Spring Trip and the end of the season Caught all but five innings of the Big Ten season, forced out twice by injury Went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, four RBI and a home run at Northwestern on May 7 Went 4-for-5 in the series opener against Minnesota Went 4-for-5 with a career-high eight RBI and a pair of grand slams in midweek action against MacMurray Member of the Canadian Senior National Team Competed for Team Canada at the 2003 Baseball World Cup in Cuba.
2003 Freshman: Started 25 games and appeared in 39, splitting time with senior Sean Patrick Hit .306 with a .400 slugging percentage and a .375 on base percentage Finished third in the Big Ten in runners picked off with three on the year despite only catching about half the season Started 13 Big Ten games and appeared in 22 Along with having a five-game hit streak, collected seven multi-hit games Against Michigan State, led the team with a .556 batting average, going 5-for-9 with two RBI and a run scored Responsible for driving in the winning runs against Prairie View by hitting an RBI single and against Michigan with an RBI double Hit his first career home run March 25 against Ohio State on the Spring Trip Member of the Canadian Junior National Team.
HIGH SCHOOL Voted the Ontario Player of the Year in 2001 and was also voted the best catcher in Canada that year Competed for the Canadian Junior National team at the Junior World Championships in the summer of 2002 Team placed fourth at Junior Worlds Hit .450 over the tournament and .475 for his club team over the summer Member of the 2001 Canadian and Ontario championship team Hit .450 at the national championship tournament, collecting more extra-base hits (five doubles, a triple and two home runs) than singles (six) Hit .428 over the 2001 season with 16 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs, 51 RBI and a .697 slugging percentage Threw out 51-of-57 (.895) potential base stealers during the 2001 campaign During high school earned All-Star honors in golf, hockey, basketball, baseball and volleyball Participated in the Canadian golf championships Earned school's outstanding contribution to athletics award in 2002 Named the London Free Press Athlete of the Year in 2001 Also earned MVP honors at the Canada Cup in 2001, where he hit .692 (9-for-13).
PERSONAL Born May 12, 1984 Parents are Don and Kathie Robinson Majoring in sport management Drafted in the 30th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the New York Mets First Canadian to suit up for the Illini baseball squad in over 20 years Lists his biggest thrills in sports as playing in the Junior World Baseball Championships In high school was a four-year honor student and received the school's leadership award in 2002 Favorite athlete is Mike Piazza because "he is a great catcher, but a class act off the field as well" Lists his parents as the biggest influences on his athletic career "for always being there whether it was to be my biggest fans or biggest critics."