TODAY: Robinson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A.
JUNE 14: The Brewers have designated right-hander Cam Robinson for assignment, tweets Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to outfielder Raimel Tapia, whose previously reported Major League deal with Milwaukee is now official. Infielder Abraham Toro was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to open a spot on the active roster.
Robinson, 23, was selected to the Brewers’ 40-man roster over the winter after pitching to a 2.49 ERA with a strong 31.6% strikeout rate in 65 innings across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. Command has been an issue for the former 23-round pick throughout his pro career, however, evidenced by last year’s 11.2% walk rate and this year’s alarming 18.5% walk rate between Double-A and Triple-A.
As one would expect for a pitcher issuing free passes at such a high clip, the 2023 season has been a struggle for Robinson. In 20 total innings (12 in Double-A, eight in Triple-A), he’s been rocked for an 8.55 ERA. He’s still missing bats and has had some degree of misfortune on balls in play with a BABIP north of .470, but the command issues are tough to overlook — particularly since they’re not unique to the 2023 season. In parts of six professional seasons, Robinson has walked 13.7% of the opponents he’s faced.
Baseball America recently ranked Robinson as the No. 19 prospect in a thin Brewers system, noting that he sits 92-95 mph with a fastball that can touch 97 mph and calling him a potential middle reliever. Robinson will now be available to all 29 other clubs, either via a minor trade or waiver claim. The Brewers will have a week to trade him or attempt to pass him through outright waivers.