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Isotopes Notebook: Dodgers bring back Robinson

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Trayvon Robinson may be coming back to Albuquerque.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed the former Isotopes outfielder to a minor-league contract this week, potentially giving him a chance to resurrect a career that has fallen on hard times.

Robinson, 26, shined with the Isotopes back in 2011, batting .293/.375/.563 with 26 home runs and 71 RBI. He was traded at the end of July to the Mariners, making his major-league debut with Seattle in August.

In two partial seasons with the Mariners, Robinson hit just .215/.272/.330 with five home runs. He was traded after the 2012 season to Baltimore, but never appeared in a game with the Orioles.

Robinson ended up hitting poorly (.247/.329/.394, 11 HR, 43 RBI, 21 stolen bases) in a season split between Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie.

Despite his past track record in the Dodgers' organization, Robinson will face an uphill battle to make the Isotopes' roster. Right now, Chili Buss, Mike Baxter, Jeremy Hazelbaker and top prospect Joc Pederson are all ahead of him on the depth chart.

Dodgers invite 16 players to spring training

The Dodgers released their full list of non-roster invitees, many of whom could end up on the Isotopes' roster at the end of spring training.

Veterans on the list include right-handed reliever Sam Demel, left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos, catchers J.C. Boscan and Miguel Olivo, utility players Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris and first baseman Clint Robinson. All but Olivo were previously announced as having signed with the Dodgers.

Olivo hit just .203/.250/.392 with four home runs in just 33 games last year with the Miami Marlins before being suspended and then released.

Right-hander Red Patterson is the only returning Isotope on the list. Players who could come up from Double-A include right-handers Zach Lee and Ross Stripling, left-hander Chris Reed, catcher Gorman Erickson, infielder Miguel Rojas and Pederson.

More prospect rankings

Lefty Julio Urias, who pitched at age 16 at Single-A Great Lakes last season, topped Baseball Prospectus' list of Dodgers prospects.

Pederson, who should open with the Isotopes, was No. 3 on the list. Lee (No. 4), Reed (6) and Stripling (7) could also play for Albuquerque, as could lefty reliever Onelki Garcia (No. 9), who appeared in 10 games with the Isotopes last season.

MLB.com released its list of the top 100 prospects in all of the minor leagues on Friday, with four Dodgers farmhands making that list. Shortstop Corey Seager leads the quartet at No. 34, followed by Pederson (36), Lee (63) and Urias (64).

Around the Lab

  • The Isotopes' annual job fair is set for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click the link for a full list of available positions.
  • Former Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy has led Navojoa to the championship series in the Mexican Pacific League this year. The Mayos trail Hermosillo two games to one in the best-of-7 series after losing 6-5 on Friday. The winner of the series will represent Mexico in the Caribbean Series against the champions of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Bundy was promoted to the Dodgers' staff and will serve as their third base coach this season.
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