The White Sox signed catcher Chuckie Robinson to a minors contract last week, as per Robinson’s MLB.com profile page. Robinson (who just celebrated his 29th birthday two days ago) has been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.
A 21st-round pick for the Astros in the 2016 draft, Robinson was selected by the Reds in the 2020 minor league Rule 5 draft, which eventually resulted in Robinson making his Major League debut in a Cincinnati uniform. The backstop posted a .407 OPS over 60 plate appearances in 25 games with the Reds in 2022, though he didn’t see any action beyond the Triple-A level last year. Even after hitting a very solid .290/.356/.450 over 413 PA with Triple-A Louisville, Robinson couldn’t crack a pretty crowded Reds depth chart that saw Tyler Stephenson, Luke Maile, and Curt Casali all getting turns behind the plate.
Robinson will now move onto a new opportunity with the White Sox, even if Chicago’s acquisition of Max Stassi has helped shore up the catching situation. Stassi and Korey Lee are penciled in as Chicago’s regular catching duo, though Robinson figures to be the top depth option at Triple-A given the lack of big league catching experience in the White Sox farm system. However, Robinson might also face a playing-time squeeze from Edgar Quero, as the 20-year-old catcher is one of Chicago’s top prospects and is expected to make his Triple-A debut in 2024.