29 Jul

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Chuckie Robinson, drafted in the 21st round by Houston in 2016 after a breakout season at Southern Miss, has continued to shine in pro ball. The 22-year-old catcher is batting .288 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs in 79 games at Class A Quad Cities. He is batting .361 over his last 10 games, including a 2-for-4 on Friday night. And his team is in first place. Robinson, one of just a few Mississippi-connected catchers in the minors, was a Midwest League All-Star this year and a New York-Penn League midseason All-Star in 2016. He batted .275 with two homers and 18 RBIs at Tri-City in his first pro season. Robinson was an All-Conference USA pick in 2016 and also made the league’s all-tournament team after helping the Golden Eagles win the league title. In his only season as the full-time catcher, Robinson batted .288 with seven homers and 44 RBIs. The Astros also picked a catcher in the third round last year – Jake Rogers from Tulane. He is currently playing – and playing well — at the high-A level. Garrett Stubbs, a 2015 draftee from Southern Cal, is in Double-A. Both are rated as top 20 prospects in the Astros’ system, but the unrated Robinson is holding his own. That could be an interesting competition going forward.

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