Mauricio Robles saw just under five innings of big league work in 2013 and it did not go well. But after watching Robles all year at Double-A and Triple-A, I actually kind of like him as a viable minor league depth arm.
Robles, who is just 24 years old, is short and thick at 5’10”, 215lbs and offers no physical projection. His vertically oriented arm angle allows him to pitch with more downhill plane than someone of his stature normally would and, despite the steep arm angle he still gets decent late movement on the heater. His fastball will sit 92-94mph and he’ll show you an above average 12-6 curveball at times. Late in the year Robles lost a grade and a half of velocity off the fastball which likely contributed to his struggles in the Majors. Robles was outrighted off the 40-man in early October and has cleared waivers. During the 2013 season, 679 pitchers threw a pitch in the Major Leagues. That’s an average of just over 22 pitchers per team. Injuries occur with regularity. Mauricio Robles is certainly good enough, to me, to be pitcher 17-22. It’s not high praise, but it means a lot to a guy’s wallet to step inside a MLB locker room.
My Grade: C+