FRISCO, Texas – Errol Robinson is used to it – changing teams, that is.
That’s because thus far in 2017, Robinson, a sixth-round pick of the Dodgers last summer out of Ole Miss, has already been promoted twice after spending the first month of the season in extended spring training.
In May, Robinson was assigned to Great Lakes of the Low-A Midwest League and played 22 games for the Loons before being promoted to High-A Rancho Cucamonga of the California League on June 9.
After hitting .286 with the Quakes, he was promoted again on June 29, this time to Double-A Tulsa. He made his Double-A debut for the Drillers on June 30 in Frisco and went 2 for 5 in a 6-0 win.
Robinson never expected to be in Tulsa this quickly, but he’s not complaining.
“It’s just a blessing,” he said. “I talked to my dad a little bit about it, God’s working. He’s working in my life right now, every aspect. I’m feeling good, playing well, healthy this year.
“To my knowledge, it doesn’t happen very often, where you jump this many levels this quickly, but God’s working right now in my life, and I’m just happy with it.”
Robinson started his first two games with Tulsa at shortstop and spent all 16 games in the Cal League in the infield, starting at second base and short.
However, in Great Lakes, he also played some outfield, a new experience as a professional.
“Yeah, I hadn’t played the outfield, not too many times in my career. I went out there and had some fun running some balls down,” Robinson said. “I got an outfielder’s glove, so that’s kind of when it becomes more serious.”
He has made this quick ascension up the ladder in the L.A. system despite not being listed among the organization’s top 30 prospects by mlb.com, an omission that might only be temporary.
Robinson realizes just how close he is to realizing his dream of reaching the big leagues, but he also knows there’s still work left to do. “I feel like I’m getting close. Maybe at the end of this year, I get a call, maybe go up to the Dodgers and do something, run bases or be productive in the postseason, but right now just taking it day-by-day and having fun with it,” Robinson said.