The last couple of years, I spent the time immediately after the season examining each player that had made an appearance in St. Louis during the season. This series was well received and so I’m bringing this idea back for the 2014 offseason. More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny‘s office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter. Stats are just the ones accumulated for the Cardinals during the regular season.
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Player: Shane Robinson
Season stats: 47 games, 66 PA, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 10 K, .150/.227/.200 21 OPS+
Hero/Goat: Hero 1, Goat 2
Overall grade: D
Positives: You really have to dig to find some good things for Robinson this year. I mean, he hit .222 against righties, so I guess that’s a positive?….hit .250 in July, but that was only a 1-for-4 month….hit .273 against “finesse” pitchers, but that’s kinda to be expected….did hit .304 in 191 at bats in Memphis, so AAA was fairly kind to him.
Negatives: Hit .091 away from Busch Stadium….hit .065 (37 PA) against righthanded starters (though .148 against righties overall)….his season ended at the end of August with shoulder surgery.
Overview: Robinson has been one in a line of underpowered fan favorites that have come through St. Louis over the past few years. You can’t argue against the fact that Robinson gives everything he has on the field–his collision with Andrew Brown in 2011 still produces chills when mentioned today–but the problem is there really just isn’t much for him to give. Robinson chipped in a little in 2012 and 2013, when there weren’t many other reasonable options and he could serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder. This season, though, the little engine that could ran out of steam.
Outlook: Robinson is out of options and while he’s not yet arbitration-eligible, he looks to be the classic case of a non-tender candidate. With the number of outfielders already on the roster and the likelihood that John Mozeliak will be looking to add to that number, the days of Robinson playing with the birds on the bat on his chest seem to be over.