Tigers in EST: James Robbins

James Robbins was selected by the Tigers in the 30th round of the 2009 draft.  A gifted two-way player, Robbins slipped in the draft due to a commitment to attend Washington State, where he likely would have been used as both a hitter and a pitcher.  Shortly before the Aug. 17 draft pick signing deadline, the Tigers inked Robbins to a well above-slot signing bonus ($235,000 according to Baseball America), with the intention of making him a full-time hitter.

Photo courtesy of Roger DeWitt

After signing his professional contract, Robbins reported to Lakeland, where he played in nine games with the GCL Tigers.  Robbins dominated in his brief Gulf Coast League appearance, posting a .361 BA, a .419 OBP and a .583 SLG.  While this sample size is very small, it would seem to indicate that Robbins is ready to be challenged in the New York-Penn League.

Robbins possesses a big frame (6’0” 225 lbs) and a powerful left-handed bat, giving the Tigers hope he will blossom into an elite prospect in a minor league system short on talented position players.

Baseball America ranked Robbins the 30th best prospect in the Tigers organization.

For more on James Robbins, here is a link an interview conducted by Bill Ferris last August over at detroittigersweblog.com.

Name: James Robbins

DOB: Sept. 26, 1990

Bats-Throws: Left-Left

Drafted: 30th round, 2009

School: Shorecrest High School, Shoreline, Wash.

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