It has been over three years since Kristian Robinson was a highly regarded prospect for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is now ready to begin his career once again.
Robinson is set to play in the Diamondbacks system for the first time since 2019. He has been reinstated from the Restricted List and assigned to the Visalia Rawhide of the Single-A California League.
Arizona Diamondbacks hope Kristian Robinson can resurrect career
When last we saw Robinson, he was a consensus top 100 prospect ahead of the 2020 and 2021 seasons. He had posted an impressive .282/.368/.514 batting line in 291 plate appearances between Low-A and A-ball in 2019, hitting 14 homers and 13 doubles while stealing 17 bases. At just 18 years old, Robinson looked like a future star, another piece for the Diamondbacks to build around.
Then came legal troubles. He had pled guilty to felony assault on an officer in April 2020 stemming from a mental health issue at the time. Those charges were reduced to a misdemeanor he completed 18 months of probation without an incident. However, that felony conviction also kept Robinson from earning a visa to come stateside to continue his career. He completed those requirements this April, allowing him to get that visa to play in official games once again.
There is still plenty of time for Robinson to reclaim his place as a key part of the Diamondbacks’ future. He is still just 22 years old and could easily rediscover his place in their prospect hierarchy. While it may take some time for Robinson to shake off those years of rust, he could rocket through their system once he gets his feet back under him.
Kristian Robinson is back and ready to play ball. The Arizona Diamondbacks have another top prospect in the pipeline.