Kristian Robinson

CF / Arizona Diamondbacks / EXP: YRS / MINORS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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  • Robinson was sentenced to 18 months probation Tuesday after being charged with assaulting a police officer during a mental breakdown back in April of 2020, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. In theory, the ruling makes it possible for Robinson to continue his career, but that's complicated by the fact that the Bahamian outfielder is not a citizen of the United States. He'll have a tough time getting a new visa with a felony charge to his name, and while completing his probation could reduce the felony to a misdemeanor, he can't remain in the country to complete the probation without a visa. It's not yet clear how the situation will be resolved, so while Tuesday's ruling means he's not facing any prison time, his future remains murky.

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  • Robinson (personal) had his plea modified and will be able to seek charges against him be modified to a misdemeanor, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The prospect was charged with aggravated assault after he was accused of striking an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper in April 2020. Robinson's attorney will make the misdemeanor plea case before a judge at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 17. The implications of the plea have ramifications for Robinson, a native of the Bahamas, who has not been allowed into the United States and whose career trajectory has been delayed. If his case is considered a misdemeanor, Robinson would have a better chance of securing a work visa to resume his career in the minor leagues.

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  • Plans are underway for Robinson (personal) to secure a special visa that would allow him to appear at a status conference hearing set for July 29, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Robinson is currently barred from re-entering the United States pending a legal matter. His attorney is working to reduce the charges faced to a misdemeanor. It's unclear if the change in plea will impact Robinson's visa status, or if he will receive the type of visa that would permit him to work while in the U.S. The minor-league baseball season ends in mid-September, and Robinson is hopeful to salvage a portion of 2021.

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  • Robinson is in the Bahamas attempting to renew his visa, and he is not expected to be stateside in time for the start of the minor-league season, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. The report details an incident that happened in April of 2020, when Robinson says he was struggling with his mental health. In the incident, Robinson was arrested for and subsequently charged with aggravated assault after punching a law-enforcement officer from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. This constitutes a Class 5 felony, which carries a minimum prison sentence of two years if convicted, but Robinson's defense attorney says he is optimistic a resolution will be reached that, taking into account Robinson's mental health battles, will not involve prison time. This case has complicated matters regarding Robinson's visa, and it is unknown when he will be ready to be assigned to a minor-league affiliate.

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  • Robinson was added to the Diamondbacks' 60-man player pool Thursday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He was initially left out of the pool as he was unable to travel back from his home country (The Bahamas) during the pandemic. However, as the team's top prospect, he was going to be included if he were able to make it stateside, which apparently is the case. Robinson has worked diligently this offseason to maintain his athleticism and keep his frame lean, rather than bulking up. This is a big positive for his development, as some evaluators thought that his strong 6-foot-3 frame would eventually slide down the defensive spectrum as he matured. While he is now working at the team's alternate training site, Robinson is unlikely to reach the majors until 2022 or 2023.

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