Last year, the outfielder, who came to Seattle from Boston in a Trade Deadline deal for pitcher Erik Bedard, played in 44 games and hit .210 with two home runs, 14 RBIs and a stolen base. He struck out 61 times and walked eight times. He had an on-base percentage of .250.
Robinson didn't make the team out of Spring Training this season, so he went to Triple-A Tacoma, where he hit .265 in 83 games with nine homers, 18 doubles, 41 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. More impressive to Mariners brass was the fact that he cut down his strikeout pace (85) and improved his walks (34) and OBP (.331).
And now he's back in Seattle, getting another look.
"In talking to [Tacoma manager] Daren Brown and [Tacoma hitting coach] Jeff Pentland, he was a good worker, he was a consistent worker, he played every day, he played all three outfield positions," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
"His swing's a little bit more consistent, a little shorter to the baseball. At times last year, he just tried to do too much. It looks like he's a little bit more in control up there."
Robinson backed up his manager's words on Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a key sacrifice bunt that led to a run when Royals reliever Jose Mijares threw the ball away in the eighth inning of a 7-6 victory.
Robinson is 2-for-7 (.286) in two games for the Mariners this year.