Robinson Reaches MLB with San Diego Padres
Aug 15, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former University of Illinois catcher Chris Robinson was called up to the San Diego Padres Thursday, making him the second Illini to reach the majors in the past 10 days. The Dorchester, Ontario, native was promoted to the big-league team for the first time in his nine-year professional career after hitting .298 in 29 games from the triple-A Tucson Padres. Robinson joins fellow Illini Tanner Roark, who was called up by the Washington Nationals last week, in the MLB.
Robinson played for the Illini from 2003-05 and became the highest-drafted position player in Illinois history when he was taken in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection sits at No. 17 on the career batting average chart at .347. He totaled 18 homers and 87 RBI during his three seasons at Illinois while slugging .529 and boasting a .415 on-base percentage.
The Canadian catcher bounced from the Tigers' organization to the minor league affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Padres in June. He spent the first 29 games this year with triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles system before joining the Tucson Padres, where he has three homers and 15 RBI in 29 games. He replaced San Diego catcher Nick Hundley, who is on paternity leave, on the active roster.