Undrafted earlier this month, Texas junior pitcher Parker Joe Robinson has signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels.
Robinson graduated in May, and he later announced that he would not return to Texas. He will instead join an organization that drafted ex-teammates Zane Gurwitz and Jon Malmin in 2017. Robinson’s father, Jeff, also pitched for the Angels in 1991.
Robinson hails from Coto de Caza, Calif.
Congrats to Parker Joe Robinson signing a contract today with the Angels. Well deserved from one of the hardest workings guys we have had. pic.twitter.com/6zK7K35Ch7
— OC Riptide Baseball (@ocriptide) June 28, 2018
Robinson redshirted in 2015 and his next two years in Austin were nondescript. At the urging of new coach David Pierce, Robinson changed the way he threw a baseball ahead of the 2017 season. The side-armed delivery was a force out of UT’s bullpen this year.
A 6-5 right-hander, Robinson was 3-0 with a team-low 1.71 ERA this season. He recorded 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 31 2/3 innings. Robinson struggled against Arkansas in the College World Series, but he allowed three hits and a walk over his other four appearances in the NCAA tournament.
With his signing, Robinson joins an exodus of minor league-bound Longhorns. Kody Clemens (Tigers), Nolan Kingham (Braves), Chase Shugart (Red Sox) and Andy McGuire (Blue Jays) have already signed with the teams that drafted them. Left-handed reliever Josh Sawyer was also taken by the Chicago Cubs in the draft’s 16th round.
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