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D-Backs Prospect Kristian Robinson

D-Backs Prospect Kristian Robinson started his season at Short-Season Hillsboro Hops. The D-Backs number 5 top prospect is in his second minor league season.

The 6’3″ eighteen-year-old outfielder is with his third team. Signed as a free agent in 2017 Kristian jumped from the AZL to the Pioneer League in 2018 and now short-season.

Robbie, as we called him, is not short on talent and can be considered a five-tool player. Hence his fast start to his 2019 season.

International Signing 2017:

On July 2nd, 2017, Kristian Robinson signed with the DiamondBack. And the following year on June 18th, 2018, he started playing with the AZL D-Backs. Then after 40 games, he was sent to Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer League where he finished his first season. Resulting in a combined batting average of  279, Robbie collected 62 hits in 222 at-bats, 41 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

Also during this time, we saw him moving up the prospect ranks moving from #12 now up to #5, and now following in the shadows of another Bahamian, the Jasrado Chisholm, D-Back #1 prospect. Kristian, who also is on a clear path to #1 as did Jazz, was signed by the D-Back as a free agent in 2015.

Also signing July 2nd, 2017 was D’Shawn Knowles and Trent Deveaux (The Angels) and Davon Mackey (The Athletics) all Bahamians.

D-Backs Prospect Kristian Robinson:
D-Backs Prospect Kristian Robinson

Photo from MLB Pipeline

The Diamond-Backs has found another diamond in the rough from the Bahamas. The first being Jazz Chisholm. And now Kristian Robinson both players turned heads in their first two seasons. But this kid Robbie is a Gem.

He is coming from a place where there is limited baseball playing. So the D-Back are taking their time with his development and upward movement; Trying not to push him to fast.

Hence his 2019 season start in short season. However, at the rate that he is playing. How much more patient will the D-Backs be?

Kristian Robinson in his last ten game. has 14 hits in 38 at-bats. his 328 batting average has him tied for third in the Northwest League

Here are Robinson 6th & 7th home runs of the season.

 

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Jeff Francis

Office Assistant at Wynn Bahamas Ltd
Jeffrey was born on April 29th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas to Rejoiner Ann Rolle and Jerome James Francis Etienne.

Married to Andrea G. Rolle-Francis, they have two daughters; Janae Latoya Francis, a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, and Jessica Lee Francis a graduate Potomac State College West Virginia University in Kyser West Virginia.

Jeffrey was coaching the sport of baseball from 1980 at the age of 18 years old because he loved the sport as a kid. He started listening to the game over the radio out of Miami Florida in the late 60s and in the early 70s started playing the game locally in various local leagues right up to the premier senior league; a league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers played.

In 1982, Jeffrey had an invite to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood Florida, which was an awesome experience that is lasting a life time memory for him.

Jeffrey has been following the Bahamian baseball players in the minor leagues since 1999 with Angelo Burrows, but found greater interest with the signing of Antoan Richardson in 2005. He also writes a year end review on their play on his Facebook page, Baseball Bahamas, and he has a website with the same name. He has a great following and would love to expose the baseball players to a bigger worldwide audience.

He has a good relationship with all the players because he personally coached most of them.

His favorite MLB Team is the Detroit Tigers from 1969.
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