DANVILLE — Most high school seniors celebrate their graduation with a summer trip.
Danville High’s Chuckie Robinson III wasn’t sure what his plans were for this summer. The former Commercial-News Baseball Player of the Year was a top baseball prospect in the country and his future was dependent on the Major League Baseball Draft in early June.
When Robinson didn’t hear his named called or see it selected online, he started considering his options.
Enter the Midland Redskins out of Cincinnati.
“It was a little disappointing to not be drafted,’’ said Robinson. “But after looking at all the information that my family and my advisor had from the major league teams, we knew it wasn’t a case that I wasn’t good enough to be drafted. It was a business decision by the teams and their issue was signability.’’
According to multiple major league sources, Robinson was projected to be a top-20 round selection in the June draft.
“We had a number that we felt was reasonable,’’ Robinson said. “When I didn’t get drafted, I started looking for a place to play this summer.
“I didn’t really know a lot about the Midland Redskins, but they had contacted me about playing for them, and I did a little research.’’
What Robinson found out was the select team based out of Cincinnati has produced more than 60 Major League Baseball players, including Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Also on their list of former big league players are St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and current pitching phenom Matt Harvey.
“After seeing the players and the talent that has played on that team, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of,’’ Robinson said.