With major league and minor league rosters starting to settle, there has been an abundance of minor moves at the twilight on Spring Training. The most recent move being a minor trade that sent 25-year-old first baseman Robby Rinn to the Minnesota Twins, with the Royals receiving cash considerations.
A Rhode Island native, Rinn was selected by the Royals in the 26th round of the 2016 draft out of Bryant University in Illinois. His debut was somewhat mediocre, slashing .280/.341/.386 in 50 games for the AZL Royals. He benefitted from his transition to the hitter-friendly Pioneer League this past year, hitting .355/.429/.511 in 69 games. His 35:36 K:BB was superb, but less impressive when you consider he was three years older than the average age of his competition.
Rinn hit well enough to find himself on our top 100 Royals prospects list, coming in at #81.
A guy that started college late, not starting his pro career until age 23, Robby Rinn has usually been ahead of his competition. He destroyed the ball at Bryant University, hitting .330/.418/.493 in his four years. Age was the probably the reason he went so late in the draft, being taken in the 25th round.
I love the approach from Rinn at the plate. He was able to hit for some power (30 extra-base hits in 69 games) and still have held up his contact management (10.9 K%). Part of this has to do with Rinn being so much older than his competition and some of it has to do with the sound approach at the plate.
He isn’t anything to rave about at first base, but he gets the job done. Good range, decent footwork.
As long as Rinn keeps on moving up and hitting, he’ll be on this list. I’d like to see the Royals push him to Wilmington, lowering the age difference between him and the league average. As for a comp, maybe think Frank Schwindel with plate discipline and a better glove.
As mentioned above, this move was likely just to clear up some roster space in the lower-minors.
Photo Credits: Bryant University