Robertson, a 5-11 righthander, was taken in the 17th round of the 2006 draft after serving as the closer at the University of Alabama. The Yankees thought of him as a draft-and-follow player, but after an impressive summer in the Cape Cod League in which he developed an above-average curveball, the Yankees gave him a $200,000 bonus to leave college and join the organization.
“He was a completely different pitcher when he started throwing the curveball, so we had to sign him,” Cashman said. “Since he’s been in pro ball, he’s just crushed every level he’s been at. He’s getting closer.”
Robertson’s curveball may be his best pitch, but that’s not his only weapon. Yankees pitcher Billy Traber, who played with Robertson in Scranton, says the diminutive reliever has three effective pitches, all of which he throws with great control.
“He throws strikes, which is his best asset,” Traber said. “The velocity is there, but he just attacks the zone. He’s in control out there. He’s got good stuff; a good curveball, a good changeup and good life on his fastball, but he throws strikes.”
“He’s a guy you root for. He’s just a little short guy who goes out and pounds the zone,” Traber said. “He’s fun to watch. You’re going to see him. I’m not GM, but I’d say he’s probably the next guy. I think you’re going to like him.”
The Yankees have used LaTroy Hawkins just 5 times in their last 18 games. And, three of those five games were somewhat blow-out losses. It’s pretty clear that they don’t trust him – with good reason.
Why is Hawkins still on this team and why is Robertson still at Triple-A? It makes no sense. What is Cashman waiting for?