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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Remains in limbo

    Robinson is no longer getting regular at-bats and innings in the field after extended spring training ended two weeks ago, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Robinson was unable to join players at short-season affiliates following the end of extended spring training due to lingering legal issues that date back more than two years. The native of the Bahamas has been unable to secure a proper work visa that would allow him to play. There are two paths to getting back on the field in the minors. The first would be for Robinson's felony to be dropped to a misdemeanor, which is expected to occur when the 18-month probation, levied in August 2021, ends. That probation could be reduced, but it has not yet and there's no guarantee it will be. The second path is for him to gain U.S. citizenship. Since his felony assault charge with a law enforcement officer in April 2020, Robinson got married, applied for citizenship and is waiting on that process.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Still ensnared in legal issues

    Robinson is not yet a full participant in spring training due to lingering legal issues, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Robinson can knock off all the rust built up after not playing since 2019 on the backfields with the minor leaguers, but the outfield prospect still has legal issues with which to contend. The 21-year-old, who pled guilty to a felony assault charge and was given 18 months of probation last August, is in the process of completing his probation. A source said he petitioned for early probation in hopes of getting the felony reduced to a misdemeanor. That is said to be necessary for him to secure a work visa. Without that work visa, Robinson is unable to participate in games in which there is a charge for attendance. The Diamondbacks are uncertain how this will play out for the prospect. He can continue to participate in extended spring training games after spring training is over, but general manager Mike Hazen is not sure what will happen if there is no resolution by the end of extended spring training.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Back in action

    Robinson's legal saga is behind him and he is working out on the backfields with the rest of the Diamondbacks' prospects, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He completed his community service in November, which was part of his plea deal, so he is free and clear. The big question with Robinson is how much all the missed time will affect him as a hitter, as his hit tool was the biggest question about his game at the time of his legal trouble. The 21-year-old outfielder was added to the 40-man roster as protection from the Rule 5 draft. He hit .217/.294/.435 with a 29.4 K% in 25 games at Low-A in 2019 -- the last time we saw him in game action. His physical tools are immense, so if he can make contact at a solid clip this year at High-A, he will shoot back up lists.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Shielded from Rule 5 draft

    Robinson (personal) had his contract selected by the Diamondbacks on Friday. Robinson was sentenced to 18 months probation in mid-August after he assaulted a police officer during an incident in April of 2020. While it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to the field, he'll be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Sentenced to probation

    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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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Legal process grinds on

    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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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Potential resolution

    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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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Delayed for start of season

    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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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Joins 60-man player pool

    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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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Left off 60-man roster

    Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen confirmed Monday that Robinson wasn't included on the club's 60-man roster pool, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. The 19-year-old Robinson is the organization's top prospect, but since he hasn't played above the Low-A level, his exclusion from the player pool doesn't come as a major surprise. As Piecoro notes, because Robinson wasn't able to travel back to his home country (The Bahamas) when MLB shut down its season in mid-March, he's allowed to continue working out at the Diamondbacks' spring training facility when the season resumes in late July. While the likelihood that he won't play in any minor-league games is a less-than-ideal outcome for Robinson, taking part in regular workouts under the Diamondbacks' supervision should help keep his development relatively on track.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Maintains high ISO at Low-A

    Robinson slashed .217/.294/.435 over 25 games for Low-A Kane County in 2019. Robinson earned a late-season promotion from short-season Hillsboro to Kane Country and experienced predictable struggles for a then 18-year-old in the Midwest League; however, he maintained his power numbers. Nine of his 20 hits went for extra bases, and he posted a .217 ISO after a .239 ISO at Hillsboro. Robinson's HR/FB rates were over 20 percent at both levels. He possesses a blend of power and speed, which should continue to place him atop various Diamondbacks prospect lists, unless the propensity to strike out gets out of control.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Promoted to Low-A

    Robinson was promoted to Low-A Kane County on Saturday. This should be a nice test for Robinson, who destroyed Northwest League pitching to the tune of a .319/.407/.558 slash line with nine home runs (.239 ISO) and 14 steals in 44 games. Very few prospects can match his combination of mammoth raw power and plus speed.
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  • Diamondbacks' Kristian Robinson: Awaits short-season assignment

    Robinson is opening the year in extended spring training, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports. Obviously it would be nice to see the Bahamian sensation open the year at Low-A, but developing a 6-foot-3 teenage power hitter is a slow process, so we will need to wait for the short-season leagues to open in mid-June before Robinson makes his 2019 debut. He will likely head to the Northwest League.
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