It was just two and a half years ago when the Dodgers traded away their future, can’t miss star outfielder, Travon Robinson. On July 31, 2011, he was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Seattle Mariners. The Boston Red Sox sent Juan Rodriguez (minors), Tim Federowicz and Stephen Fife to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox sent Chih-Hsien Chiang (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Mariners sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox.
Some of us were not happy and blasted Ned Colletti in the August 1, 2011 post, “Ned Half Franked it” :
“Trayvon Robinson, former standout at Crenshaw High was traded to the Red Sox for a Catcher, RP, and a SP. What’s the problem here.? They’re all 24 and older, in AA ball, not very good offensively or refined in pitching mechanics or 2nd out pitches. The two pitchers figure to become relief pitchers in the long run, and the 24 yr old Catcher, whom is being touted as the next coming of David Ross, not much offense, but plenty defense, career backup type player, for a budding big leaguer who led the team in HR’s, RBI’s etc., is just that, not much. We needed offense, blue chip players, but instead we got the busted items from the 99 cent only store.”
We got a pretty good backup catcher in FedEx, and a very capable reserve pitcher in Barney (Fife) while Travon is currently out of a job after the following transactions:
November 20, 2012: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles for Robert Andino.
November 5, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
In 288 career at bats, Robinson has compiled a.215/.272/.330 line.
This just goes to show that some highly thought of prospects never pan out. And that maybe Colletti and his staff know just a little more than those of us in the peanut gallery.
Can you think of other Dodgers “can’t miss” prospects that never made it?