A few years ago, Cubs pitching prospect Duncan Robinson was climbing the ladder as a command-control guy the Cubs had landed out of Dartmouth in the 9th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Yes, people made very facile comparisons to Kyle Hendricks, who’d also gone to Dartmouth. Robinson was not Hendricks, but he was definitely a prospect worth following.
Unfortunately that’s when the arm injury came, and then the Tommy John surgery, and then the rehab, and thennnnn the pandemic. So Robinson, now 27, hadn’t really pitched in three years coming into this season, and he’s decided to hang them up to pursue another path.
Robinson just tweeted that he’s decided to retire and head to law school:
— Duncan Robinson (@Duncan_Robiso) April 2, 2021
All the best to Robinson in what comes next. I can’t imagine pursuing your baseball dream like this, get close to a point where you were in those 40-man roster considerations, and then you miss multiple seasons for reasons entirely out of your control. But good on him for deciding what’s best for him and what comes next.