Robinson making strong case for Cardinals roster spot
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Shane Robinson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat against the Miami Marlins at the Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Shane Robinson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) By Mike Ehrmann
VIERA, Fla. – It’s going to be hard to keep Shane Robinson off the roster if he keeps this up.
Robinson launched a grand slam Friday – his third home run of the spring – and had two hits, four RBI and three runs scored against the Washington Nationals.
Trying to win a spot on the team as a backup outfielder, Robinson is now hitting a ridiculous .520 (13-for-25) in ten Grapefruit League games.
“Everything has been going well so far,” Robinson said. “Just trying to stay simple and keep doing the same things I’ve been doing and stay consistent.”
Robinson had three home runs in 166 at-bats with the Cardinals last year. He already has three in 25 at-bats this spring.
“I’m definitely not trying to hit any homers,” Robinson said. “I’m just seeing the ball well lately and it’s coming from taking good swings and not trying to do too much.”
Robinson hit .253 in 102 games for the Cardinals a year ago, serving mostly as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement late in games.
On the competition with Adron Chambers and Justin Christian for a roster spot, Robinson said, “I don’t really think about it. All these guys are my friends and just come out here and try to play the best I can and like I’ve said from the beginning, just try to get the coaches on my side and when it comes down to the end, I want them to know that I’m their guy.”