This morning the Cincinnati Reds announced two roster moves. The team is calling up catcher Chuckie Robinson, who had been on the taxi squad (and in Triple-A). They also transferred catcher Aramis Garcia to the 60-day injured list.

Chuckie Robinson was added as the 27th man to the roster for the Field of Dreams game. Why this specific game gets a 27th player on the roster is unknown and confusing, but it’s a thing and it would be silly to not take advantage of it. Looking at the official transaction logs it doesn’t appear that Robinson has been added to the 40-man roster as he was listed as “added to the roster” and not “the Reds purchased the contract of”, which is the correct terminology when a non-40-man player is called up to the big leagues in normal circumstances.

Robinson is a 27-year-old catcher who has not been in the big leagues prior to today. He was originally a part of the Houston Astros organization after being selected by Houston in the 21st round of the 2016 draft out of Southern Mississippi. He spent the next few years in their organization, reaching Double-A in 2019. In 2020 there was no minor league season and the Astros left him unprotected in the minor league version of the Rule 5 draft (not to be confused with the big league version, which is different). Cincinnati selected him along with five others, and in 2021 he spent his season splitting time behind the plate in Double-A Chattanooga. In 66 games there he hit .248/.353/.400.

This season he’s split time between Double-A and Triple-A. Between his two stops he’s hit .263/.318/.403. In the 53 games he’s played he’s hit 9 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, walked 14 times, and he’s struck out 47 times. Behind the plate he’s thrown out 26% of attempted base stealers, allowed 3 passed balls, and made 4 errors. You can see all of his career stats here.

12 Responses

  1. Gonzo Reds

    “That means
    Chuck E.’s in love”

    Sorry had to bust out the Rickie Lee Jones for this one…

  2. Craig Z

    Maybe he’ll go 1 for 1 and never play in the majors again like Moonlight Graham.

    • Simms11

      Moonlight never got an official at bat…only played as a defensive sub

      • Craig Z

        Thanks. I mixed him up with someone else. Robinson could just play defensively then.

      • MK

        Yeah if he went 1 for 1 Bell would start him for the next week.

  3. Chris Holbert

    Seems his MiLB stats may be better than what is currently active on the roster.

  4. Steven Ross

    Gonzo Reds beat me to it! Chuck E’s in love…with being called up.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Ty Steve and Hunter on Intentional Talk.

  6. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Chuckie Robinson could hit more than Papierski…

  7. earmbrister

    It would seem that the Papierski trial has not gone that well. He hasn’t hit and if we’re comparing him to CR, Papierski has more passed balls in a series than most catchers have in a month.

    Gotta churn the bottom of the roster …

  8. SteveAreno

    I want coach to get Austin Romines in the starting lineup and regular ABs to get some rhythm. He’s more the veteran and hit .281 in 2019 as a regular. Had several good years with the Yankees. His experience is what our pitchers need behind the plate.