Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson


Dorchester, Ontario

High School:
Lord Dorchester

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190





Robinson Reaches MLB with San Diego Padres

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."