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Cardinal advent calendar, Day 2: Shane Robinson

PA/BF B-Ref Contract Status 2013 Stat Best Known For
171 shan robi Team control through 2017 1.35 BB/K ratio, second-best in baseball (min. 100 PAs) HR in Game 4 of NLCS

He doesn’t get to play a lot, but when he does get his opportunities, he does a good job for us.

— Matt Carpenter

The Cardinals used only two centerfielders in 2013, and Sugar Shane was one of them. The diminutive 29-year-old utility outfielder turned in his best season yet, with a .345 OBP, along with plus defense and speed. He never reached platoon playing time in centerfield, though he did start more regularly when Jon Jay slumped in late April and later in July. Generally, he came off the bench to either pinch hit or take over for Carlos Beltran in right field in late innings … Struck out only 9.9% of the time, less than half the league average (20.1) and the lowest on the team and walked 13.5% of the time, best on team (min. 150 PAs) … The arrival of Peter Bourjos (5.1% BB rate, 21.9% SO rate in 2013) will mean less action as a Cardinal for Robinson, possible zero.

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