Robinson, pitching for AAA Phoenix in its annual game against the big club, went five innings, giving up two runs and six hits, according to The Associated Press.
For Robinson, though, that exhibition outing in May 1994 would be about as close as he would get to seeing major league hitters during the season. Robinson pitched professionally for seven seasons, never making the bigs.
Robinson's career began in 1990, signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent out of his native Alabama.
With the Reds, Robinson began at rookie Billings, going 4-3 in 12 starts, with an ERA of 5.37. In an August start against Salt Lake, Robinson quickly gave up six hits and three runs in an eventual Billings loss.
Robinson moved to single-A Cedar Rapids in 1991, getting 19 starts, going 8-9. In 1992, Robinson first made AA, at Chattanooga. That came after he went 8-2, with a 1.72 ERA at single-A Charleston. With Chattanooga, Robinson went 7-2, his ERA at 3.80.
For 1993, Robinson split time between Chattanooga and AAA Indianapolis, going 8-10 between them.
It was in spring 1994 that Robinson made the jump to the Giants system. The Reds wanted to keep Rule 5 pick Adam Hyzdu, even after he didn't make the major league roster. The Giants took Robinson and another player in return.
With the Giants, Robinson played the year at Phoenix. He also turned reliever, getting 47 outings and a 4.95 ERA. In August, he picked up one of his nine total wins after an inning of work.
His 1995 campaign was his last in affiliated ball. Robinson got into 31 games for Phoenix, 15 starts. He played the rest of the season in independent ball, with Chillicothe. Another season in independent ball, with Winnipeg and St. Paul, and Robinson's career was done.
- Lodi News-Sentinel, Associated Press, May 13, 1994: Thompson goes on 15-day DL
Made the Majors: 662 - 59.2%
Never Made Majors: 457-40.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 171