Always on the hunt for potential low-cost value, the San Francisco Giants have signed Drew Robinson to a minor league deal.
The San Francisco Giants struck gold with a few of their minor league signings in 2019, with backup catcher Stephen Vogt and utility infielder Donovan Solano among the biggest success stories.
While they could be major players in free agency this offseason, expect them to continue scouring the bottom of the market for potential value as well.
The MLB offseason is not even here in earnest yet, and they have already set to work adding more under-the-radar talent.
So who is Drew Robinson?
The 27-year-old spent the 2019 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, appearing in just five games at the MLB level before he was released on Aug. 28.
He had seen significant action with the Texas Rangers the previous two seasons, batting .204/.301/.366 with eight doubles and nine home runs in 246 plate appearances.
Those numbers might not jump off the page, but he’s shown some offensive potential at the Triple-A level, posting a .271/.369/.489 line with 140 extra-base hits in 1,381 plate appearances.
He’s also capable of playing all over the diamond, with multiple games played at second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots in the minors during the 2019 season.
How exactly he fits into the team’s 2020 plans remains to be seen, but he has a chance to be a useful depth piece, and when you collect enough of those you’re bound to find a few diamonds in the rough along the way.
That’s exactly what the team found in Donovan Solano, and perhaps Drew Robinson can make a similarly unexpected impact during the upcoming campaign.