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“He was always the mentor of the group,” Robinson said of Chisholm. “Even [though] I didn’t know him for a whole lot of time [at the academy], my first day, he was already being a big brother to me.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Robinson quickly burned his path to Kane County with a fruitful 44-game showing in Hillsboro earlier this year. Robinson hit nine home runs, had 35 RBIs and slugged at a .588 percentage. Robinson was named the Diamondbacks minor league Player of the Month in July after reaching base safely in 24 of 27 games last month, including a seven-game hitting streak from July 14-21.
“Just ridiculous power,” Cougars manager Vince Harrison said of Robinson. “He’s crushing balls in BP [batting practice] over the scoreboard and the trees...just trying to get this guy comfortable because physically there’s a lot there.”
Conversations between the Diamondbacks’ scouting brass and Harrison regarding Robinson’s promotion was about the center fielder ready for the next step.
“We had a similar situation here with Alek, he was doing well; he was ready to move,” Harrison said. “These guys are just getting rewarded for good play on the field. Alek is going to get a chance to play in the playoffs up there, and get to experience that league. Hopefully, we can do the same thing for Kristian here.”