September 17, 2021

Minor Moves: Drew Robinson, Peter Tago (Baseball Essential)

While baseball is focused on the postseason, players who had been sent outright from a 40-man roster throughout the last year have begun to elect minor-league free agency. With the developing minor-league free agent market comes a pair of minor-league depth signings, each bringing a reasonably high level of intrigue.

The San Francisco Giants brought in super utility player Drew Robinson on a minor-league contract. While the initial report doesn’t say anything about an invitation to spring training, I would imagine that he makes the trip out to Arizona this spring to fight for a job off the Giants bench. This is an excellent signing for the Giants. First of all, Robinson has rather significant experience at all three outfield and all four infield positions, while posting positive range factor marks for all of them minus left field. Offensively, he may not be very exciting, but he comes with double-digit home run and stolen base potential, while maintaining a walk rate at around 12 percent. My projections have him slashing .214/.312/.398 (.711) with 162-game rates of 22 doubles, 19 home runs, and 11 stolen bases.

My expectation for the 27-year-old utility player is that he…

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