Another Player generated by the UBC that stick out for the Major League Baseball to take notice.
This Wednesday, The New York Yankees selected a notable baseball player, Mitch Robinson from the MLB drafts in the 21st round.
Seeing his name on the draft board he happily said, “It just feels amazing, I can’t really put it into words,” He added, “I’ve worked a long time for it, it validates that hard work does pay off and it just feels really good and I’m really excited.”
Robinson with a 6ft 3 inches height and 200-pounds of weigh has led the Thunderbirds with a .361 batting average in straight 52 games during 2017 to 2018. He is also named the All-NAIA West team and also has won a Cascade Collegiate Conference Gold Glove Award with a .926 receiving percentage.
Its always been a rewarding moment for not only the student but for the entire baseball federation for a UBC player to be as presentable to be selected for Major League Baseball Draft.
Robinson is the 22nd baseball player to be selected in MLB draft from the time UBC started their baseball program in 1997 for the selection od MLB Drafts. Also, he is the first player to be take ever since Port Coquitlam’s Curtis Taylor, and Alex Webb, a native of White Rock, were selected in 2016.
UBC Head Coach Chris Pritchett said, “To see a great player like Mitchell, and an even better person, get a chance to go to an organization like the New York Yankees and have a shot to chase their dreams is hard to put into words, but obviously I’m really happy for him,” further he also said, “He continued to work hard on his play at third base, he earned this. Denis Boucher, the Yankees scout in Canada, saw that and pushed for him and wanted to give him a shot. I think Mitchell’s going to be a good pro and he’ll be a great Yankee.”
Robinson, a Clayton Heights Secondary School’s produce in fact had dropped out from a senior division I university of United States to return to UBC, which proves all the progresses this program has made in all these years.
“It’s incredible, we have the best facilities, the coaches are first class, you can’t ask for anything better,” said Robinson.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Yankee organization, they’re first class, they do everything right and I’m just fortunate to get an opportunity with them.”
Robinson stood one of 19 Canadians to be nominated in the draft, counting catcher Noah Naylor, who got picked in the first round by the Cleveland Indians. More players selected from UBC include North Vancouver’s Will McAffer and Surrey’s Damiano Palmegiani (picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th and 35th rounds, respectively), and White Rock’s David Rhodes (taken in the 40th round by the Seattle Mariners).